Meaning of “sickly” in the English Dictionary

"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)

"sickly" in American English

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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)