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sick·ly

sickly

 
pronunciation:
sIk li
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: sicklier, sickliest
definition 1: often sick; not strong or healthy.
The sickly child often had to stay in bed.
synonyms:
unhealthy
antonyms:
healthy, robust, strong
similar words:
bad, feeble, infirm, lousy, run-down, unwell, wan, weak
definition 2: having to do with or caused by sickness.
His skin had a sickly yellow color.
synonyms:
wan
antonyms:
healthy
similar words:
drawn, feeble, gaunt, green, haggard, infected
derivation: sickliness (n.)
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The word sickly contains the following part:
-ly2 Old English adjective-forming suffix that means like; every (when attached to times)
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The suffix -ly2attaches primarily to native English nouns to form adjectives.