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From Middle English striken, ystriken, from Old English stricen, ġestricen, from Proto-Germanic *strikanaz, past participle of Proto-Germanic *strīkaną (to strike). Cognate with Saterland Frisian strieken, Dutch gestreken, German Low German streken, German gestrichen.


  • IPA(key): /ˈstɹɪkən/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪkən


stricken (comparative more stricken, superlative most stricken)

  1. Struck by something. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  2. Disabled or incapacitated by something.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter III, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384:
      Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
    1. (warships) Having its name removed from a country's naval register, e.g. the United States Naval Vessel Register.

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  1. past participle of strike
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad:
      Nothing could be more business-like than the construction of the stout dams, and nothing more gently rural than the limpid lakes, with the grand old forest trees marshalled round their margins like a veteran army that had marched down to drink, only to be stricken motionless at the water’s edge.

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See strike for use of this form (as opposed to struck).




From Old High German stric, most likely from Proto-Indo-European *streyg- (line).


  • IPA(key): /ˈʃtʀɪkŋ̩/, /ˈʃtʀɪkən/
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stricken (weak, third-person singular present strickt, past tense strickte, past participle gestrickt, auxiliary haben)

  1. to knit
    Synonym: lismen (Switzerland)
  2. (now rare or figuratively) to tie, to knot


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