1. (US Und.) imprisoned.
2. (US campus) a general pej., of poor quality, unfashionable, unappealing, stupid, weak, bizarre.
|Four Years at Yale 47: Sick, bad, inferior, disgusting, contemptible.|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 45: You ought to keep the doll with us and he’d make Cobb’s figures look sick.‘Alibi Ike’ in|
|Thumb Tripping (1971) 177: Hey Jesus, this is sick.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Well don’t you think it’s a bit sick you know – a cat playing a song about a dog?‘A Touch of Glass’|
|With the Boys 175: The Iowan male subculture [...] uses ‘moron’ rather than calling someone ‘sick’.|
|Sl. U. 170: sick bad, of poor quality; strange; gross; stupid, uncool.|
|Guardian G2 18 June 5: It’s sick. You have to forget your ego and you just talk about how tired you are all the time.|
|Observer Screen 10 Oct. 2: Oh, LA is one sick city, and the sooner the Big One hurtles the whole town into the Pacific the better.|
3. annoyed, worried, disgusted, often with undertones of jealousy.
|Forty Years a Gambler 28: We won the bank roll, which made the Frenchman very sick.|
|Tom Sawyer, Detective 89: Well, it made our lawyer look pretty sick; and it knocked Tom silly, too.|
|Sporting Times 9 June 3/3: I reckon Tommie and Archie feel slightly sick that I’m not howling any over that seven pound four, eh?|
|Gentle Grafter (1915) 185: They all had Golconda stock and looked as sick as you please.‘A Tempered Wind’ in|
|Everlasting Mercy 12: Time! There was Bill, and I felt sick / That luck should play so mean a trick.|
|(con. 1910s) Elmer Gantry 260: He was expected everywhere to tell of ‘brave death in the cause of the Lord.’ He was very sick about it.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 108: Then I can go back to Erasmus and make Joe Trivett look sick.‘Tobias the Terrible’ in|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 56: She [...] passed him on his right, making him look quite sick.Young Lonigan in|
|Really the Blues 252: Man, we got some records back there by a guy [...] called James P. Johnson that’ll make them all look sick.|
|Mating Season 121: I imagined that she would be as sick as mud.|
|Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 93: That fellow Cheesewright makes me sick.|
|Talking to Women 32: nell.: What do you think makes you get sick of people? kathy.: Habits – bad habits.|
|in Living Dangerously 58: I was gutted, well sick.|
|Layer Cake 11: He was sick and I could see it on his face.|
4. (US) mentally disturbed, psychopathic, esp. in a sadistic way.
|Walk on the Wild Side 189: He’s sick enough for twenty.|
|City of Night 179: Fairies and nymphos and sick, sick cops.|
|World of Jimmy Breslin (1968) 13: ‘I think you’re sick.’ [...] ‘No, I’m not. I just hate those people.’.|
|Voices from the Love Generation 29: The norm is sick.|
|(con. 1950s) Age of Rock 2 (1970) 100: As the get-well card said: I’m glad you’re sick, but I’m sorry you’re ill.‘The Fifties’ in Eisen|
|(con. 1960s) The Wanderers 21: So you’re the sick sonovabitch who did that.|
|Carlito’s Way 20: Sick — some of them guys is sick.|
|Brown’s Requiem 85: Jesus Christ. I always knew he was sick. But this.|
|Homeboy 210: You’re a lot sicker than belly Blast can cure with whips.|
|Stormy Weather 15: That was the sickest thing I ever saw.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] Mad Frankie is one sick fucker.|
|Indep. 24 Sept. 4: Hirst exhibition ‘sick stuff’ says Mayor Giuliani.|
|Hip-Hop Connection Jan./Feb. 34: He’s a sick motherfucker who should be murdered in a public square.|
|Turning (2005) 287: The fucking creep! The miserable, sick bastard.‘Boner McPharlin’s Moll’ in|
5. (orig. US) morbid, depraved, e.g. a sick sense of humour.
|Proud Highway (1997) 305: When they did a sick little ditty called, ‘Happy Landings, Amelia Earhart,’ there was a distinct odor of Lenny Bruce.in|
|Hall of Mirrors (1987) 181: You’re sick man [...] you’re fucking depraved, old boy.|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 132: I don’t want to be referred to with those sick comics, and Lenny Bruce is the sickest of them all.|
|(ref. to 1958) Lenny Bruce 214: Lenny [...] was playing into the image of the sick comic [...] the sick comics were the big pop-culture phenomenon of the fall of 1958.|
|Villain’s Tale 183: It was like some sick joke against themselves.|
|Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 61: Night of the Living Dead (1968): [...] banned in several cities because it’s sick.|
|Trainspotting 181: The Sick Boy is going round tae Marianne’s the night for some sick fun. Doggy style must certainly be on the menu.|
|Guardian Weekend 26 June 3: Selling pornography in sweet shops [...] I think it’s such a sick and stupid thing.|
|Mothers Milk 229: Two pot-bellied policemen training an Alsatian to tear apart any sick fucks who thought to disturb the peace.|
6. excellent, first-rate [on the bad = good model].
|Campus Sl. Mar. 5: sick – unbelievably good: The Fleetwood Mac concert was sick.|
|Satyrday 25: I hope this party’s going to be sick [...] I fancy something really brilliant and sick.|
|Campus Sl. Oct.|
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Sick (adj.) Awesome, neat, cool.|
|Lingo 106: Youthspeak for something good can range through zesty, mad, sick and bad.|
|Guardian G2 3 Aug. 3: They was ... the nuts [...] heavy, large, sick.|
|‘Wanksta’ [lyrics] I got the sickest vendetta, when it come to the chedda, (uh huh) / Nigga, you play with my paper, you gon meet my baretta.|
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] sick adj. sick describing an extremely good trick in an extreme sport ‘That was a sick ollie over the stairs braw!’.|
|S.F. University High School Update Mar.–Apr. 2: sick – tight.‘Sweet, Tight and Hella Stupid’ in|
|1Xtra [BBC radio] One of the sickest hip-hop gigs in 2006.|
|BBC News ‘Report on Teenage Slang’ 11 Mar. [radio] sick = very good.|
|Star Island (2011) 34: Yeah, just Cherish. Is that sick or what?|
|Attack the Block [film script] 45: PEST You know what man? [...] I’m shitting myself innit. But at the same time... [...] This is sick.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016.(ed.)|
|Guardian Guide 21 May 11/2: I committed myself to being a sick guy, a sick performer.|
see separate entry.
to amaze, to astonish; to disorientate, stun.
|Hull Dly Mail 16 Oct. 3/4: The water seemed to knock him sick.|
|Wkly Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) 29 Aug. 4/7: Up he ran, / Against a man, / Who knocked him sick.|
|Marvel III:56 19: We’re going to knock ’em sick this term.|
|Lonely Plough (1931) 162: The Shaws paled – this was a new and dreadful Harriet – but Stubbs merely halloed: ‘Sick ’em, lass!’.|
|Brooklyn Dly Eagle (NY) 2 May 28/2: [pic. caption] Knocked Sick Again!|
(US campus) a general pej., absolutely impossible, unthinkable, totally disgusting; also used ironically.
|Courier (Waterloo, IA) 2 Sept. 24/5: ‘Raunchy’: gross or disgusting. ‘Sick and wrong’: same as ‘raunchy’.|
see separate entry.
(US) very sick.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|