- Abbreviation of 'a day's sick leave', usually with the implication that there is insufficient medical reason for the day off work. Sickie illustrates a distinctive feature of Australian English - the addition of -ie or -y to abbreviated words or phrases. Other examples include: bushy 'bush person', firie 'firefighter', surfie'surfer', and Tassie 'Tasmania'.
Australian idioms. 2014.
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sickie — sick‧ie [ˈsɪki] noun [countable] informal throw a sickie , pull a sickie when you say that you are ill and do not go to work, even though you are not really ill: • He was so fed up that he decided to throw a sickie instead of going into the… … Financial and business terms
sickie — ► NOUN informal 1) chiefly Brit. a period of sick leave taken when one is not actually ill. 2) another word for SICKO(Cf. ↑sicko) … English terms dictionary
sickie — ☆ sickie [sik′ē ] n. Slang a sick person, esp. one who is emotionally disturbed, sadistic, etc … English World dictionary
sickie — [[t]sɪ̱ki[/t]] sickies N COUNT If someone takes a sickie, they take a day off work saying that they are ill, especially when they are not actually ill. [INFORMAL] Broughton took a sickie on Monday to paint his fence … English dictionary
sickie — UK [ˈsɪkɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms sickie : singular sickie plural sickies British very informal a day when you say you are ill because you do not want to go to work … English dictionary
sickie — I Australian Slang day off sick from work II Kiwi (New Zealand Slang) as in Throw a sickie : to take time off work officially for illness, but more likely for a fun day! From Peter … English dialects glossary
sickie — sick|ie [ˈsıki] n 1.) BrE informal a day when you say that you are sick and do not go to work, even though you are not really sick ▪ Looks like he s thrown another sickie (=pretended to be sick and not gone to work) . 2.) AmE informal a ↑sicko… … Dictionary of contemporary English
sickie — as in Throw a sickie : to take time off work officially for illness, but more likely for a fun day! From Peter … Kiwi (New Zealand slang)
sickie — Noun. A period away from work with illness, and usually without just medical cause. Cf. throw a sickie . Informal. Orig. Aust./N.Z … English slang and colloquialisms
sickie — noun Date: 1967 sicko … New Collegiate Dictionary