Sicke vs Sicko - What's the difference?
As an adjective sicke
As a noun sicko is
(australia|slang) a day taken off work due to (possibly exaggerated or supposed) illness.
(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'', '' ,
* 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 ,
- 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.
* 2009 , Stuart E. Weisberg, Barney Frank: The Story of America?s Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman ,
- 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.
(US, Canada, slang) A mentally ill person.
- 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.
The plural form sickoes is somewhat rare.
* (day taken off work due to illness) sick day, sickie (slang)
* (sense) weirdo