Parisian absinth-drinkers a century ago, with their glazed eyes and sickly pallor, were more seriously decadent, as was Oscar Wilde.
Jesus is a boisterous boy; his sickly brother Christ is a pious milksop who tries to keep Jesus out of trouble.
Child actors wrapped in bandages and with sickly looking make.
When I looked at the world through a sickly grey gauze of envy.
All this must have seemed unimaginable to the sickly child growing up in Ballarat with a tumour in his neck.