1756, translating German heimweh, from Heim "home" + Weh "woe, pain;" the compound is from Swiss dialect, expressing the longing for the mountains. The word was introduced to other European languages 17c. by Swiss mercenaries. Also see nostalgia.
1. There were inevitable bouts of homesickness.
2. He returned to his native land of homesickness.
3. The girl appeared to be overcome with homesickness.
4. It was as overpowering and imaginative as homesickness.
5. These fond recollections lingered with me like a kind of homesickness, leaving me dejected.