15+ Slang Words For Being Sick (And Other Related Words)

Written by Gabriel Cruz - Slang & Language Enthusiast

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We all hate getting sick. The feeling of nausea, body pain, and weakness is just the worst. However, if you want to get a day or two of rest from work and studying, getting sick is a blessing.

Here are some slang words related to being sick. Read up and learn!

Slang Words for Being Sick (in Alphabetical Order)

Ate Up

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) To be devastated by an intense or incurable illness.  
  • Example: She needs our support. Lucy is ate up with terminal cancer. 
Ate Up

Chunder

Meaning:

  • (Verb) Australian slang for vomiting due to nausea or sickness. Comes from the British slang “down under” which is a warning for people below as a person is barfing. 
  • Example: Don’t chunder until you get to the bathroom. You need to make it or else, the mess will be disgusting. 
Chunder

Crook/ Crook As Rookwood

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Another slang coming from Australia. This means to be severely sick as if you are almost dead. 
  • Example: I’m gonna be a goner. I’m as crook as Rookwood so you better take me to the hospital. 
Crook Crook As Rookwood

Dauncey

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) To be feeling haggard, ill, or simply unwell.  
  • Example: Jake got dauncey after working hard despite the harsh weather. 
Dauncey

Dicky Tummy

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Derived from the rhyming slang “Tom Dick” which means sick. It denotes that someone’s stomach is upset, possibly due to food poisoning.
  • Example: My baby got a dicky tummy so we had to cut our vacation short. 
Dicky Tummy

Ebola

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Popularized during the Ebola pandemic, teens and kids used to refer to jokingly any ailment or sickness that they have as “ebola.”
  • Example: I think I got ebola. Look at my runny nose and constant sneezing. 
Ebola

Iffy

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) A general feeling of being sick or not in top shape. This slang is used often in British English. 
  • Example: Your teacher was feeling iffy today and she didn’t want to risk infecting you. She just left some schoolwork. 
Iffy

Jacked Up

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) This slang term can mean that the body is weakened or suffering. However, some have used this slang to describe a person that is physically fit and strong.  
  • Example: After the punch to his head, Jamie’s body feels all jacked up. He might have gotten a concussion. 
Jacked Up

Lurgy

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Another British slang for an illness or disease that is not very serious.
  • Example: He opted to leave early even though he just got a lurgy. So he took the chance to get some rest. 
Lurgy

Off-Color

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) A British slang that you use to describe yourself when you are feeling slightly in pain or unwell. 
  • Example: The chaotic weather has me off-color. Maybe I should just stay at home. 
Off-Color

Out Of It

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Someone who is not fully conscious, tipsy, or entirely aware of the surroundings or the events. Possibly due to alcohol, drugs, or an illness.  
  • Example: The meeting started out weird and slow because the boss is out of it. She had to be rushed to the clinic. 
Out Of It

Poxy

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) An obsolete slang coming from the British. It originates from surprisingly many types of “pox” ailments. Nowadays, it is vulgar slang for someone or something that is of little worth.  
  • Example: I’m going to skip school because I am feeling poxy and might need a checkup.
Poxy

Tom and Dick

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This is the Cockney Rhyming slang for sick. 
  • Example: Joey got tom and dick after his trip to Brazil. He is in quarantine right now. 
Tom and Dick

Torn Down

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) This slang phrase means to feel depressed or sick because of an event or ailment.  
  • Example: You too would be torn down if you knew that you got infected with a virus with no cure. 
Torn Down

Watch Under

Meaning:

  • (Expression) A British slang phrase that warns people that someone is vomiting.  
  • Example: Watch under! Our friend got food poisoning in that restaurant.  
Watch Under

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