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

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


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



  • (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. 

Crook/ Crook As Rookwood


  • (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. 



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

Dicky Tummy


  • (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. 



  • (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. 



  • (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. 

Jacked Up


  • (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. 



  • (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. 



  • (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. 

Out Of It


  • (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. 



  • (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.

Tom and Dick


  • (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. 

Torn Down


  • (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. 

Watch Under


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



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