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"sickly" in British English

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sicklyadjective

uk   /ˈsɪk.li/  us   /ˈsɪk.li/
  • sickly adjective (ILL)

weak, unhealthy, and often sick: a sickly child/plant A sickly looking woman handed me my ticket.
  • 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).
(Definition of sickly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sicklyadjective

 us   /ˈsɪk·li/
weak and unhealthy: He was a sickly child.
(Definition of sickly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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