Sicke vs Sicko - What's the difference?

sicke | sicko |

As an adjective sicke

is .

As a noun sicko is

(australia|slang) a day taken off work due to (possibly exaggerated or supposed) illness.




  • sicko



  • (Australia, slang) A day taken off work due to (possibly exaggerated or supposed) illness.
  • (derogatory, slang) A person with unpleasant tastes, views or habits.
  • * 1986 June 9, David Denby, Movies: Poison'', '' , page 130,
  • But in fact, the murders have been committed by an army of sickos , a phalanx of wild-eyed droolers led by a monster goon with a concrete jaw and a Neanderthal brow.
  • * 1997 , Shannon Bell, Chapter 5: On ne peut pas voir l?image [The image cannot be seen]'', Brenda Cossman, Shannon Bell, Lise Gotell, Becki L. Ross, ''Bad Attitude/s on Trial: Pornography, Feminism, and the Butler Decision , page 231,
  • We can?t say that it is our responses of horror and revulsion that are upsetting to the youth; therefore, those attracted to them are deviants, sickos , who should be cured/punished like the homosexuals of the forties and fifties.
  • * 2009 , Stuart E. Weisberg, Barney Frank: The Story of America?s Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman , page 372,
  • The conservative Boston Herald , which had earlier described the revelations about Barney?s two-year relationship with a male prostitute as “one of the most tawdry episodes in modern Massachusetts politics” and had run a story by the columnist Howie Carr calling Frank “a sicko who happens to be a pol,” urged him to resign his house seat.
  • (US, Canada, slang) A mentally ill person.
  • Usage notes

    The plural form sickoes is somewhat rare.


    * (day taken off work due to illness) sick day, sickie (slang) * (sense) weirdo