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peaky

Line breaks: peaky
Pronunciation: /ˈpiːki
 
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Definition of peaky in English:

adjective (peakier, peakiest)

[predicative] British
Pale from illness or fatigue; sickly: you’re looking a bit peaky—a change of scene would do you good
More example sentences
  • She was already starting to look peaky and pale.
  • I won't go into the gory details about what's been making me peaky.
  • I was feeling a bit peaky tonight, and I crept off to bed early, and dropped off, despite the soundtrack burbling away in the background.

Origin

early 19th century: from peak2 + -y1.

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