This page is about the slang term sickie

British and Australian English


a day taken off work after calling in sick when one is actually well

For example

  • Paul throws a sickie at least once a month. I wonder if his boss has noticed that he's always "sick" when the weather is beautiful?

  • Robbo reckons the surf's awesome today, so I'm chuckin' a sickie and headin' down the coast.


This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Tom took a "sickie" after seeing the weather forecast for the day was fine and warm. He was feeling

a. quite sick

b. perfectly well

c. a bit strange

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Contributor: Matt Errey