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sickly

adjective uk   /ˈsɪk.li/ us  

sickly adjective (ILL)

weak, unhealthy, and often sick: a sickly child/plant Her face was a sickly colour when she came out of the dentist's.

sickly adjective (VOMIT)

disapproving causing a slight feeling of wanting to vomit: A sickly smell of decaying fish came from the dirty river. The chocolate cake was sickly sweet (= too sweet).

sickly adjective (TOO EMOTIONAL)

disapproving emotional, in an unpleasant or embarrassing way: His books are sometimes accused of sickly sentimentality.
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