Etymology
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sicken (v.)

c. 1200, sikenen, "to become ill," from sick (adj.) + -en (1). Transitive sense of "to make sick, affect with illness" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Sickened; sickening. The earlier verb in Middle English was simply sick (Old English seocan) "be ill, fall ill." It is attested by 1825 as "affect with loathing or disgust."

updated on September 26, 2022

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