Definition of nausea
1 : a stomach distress with distaste for food and an urge to vomit
2 : extreme disgust
nauseantplay \-zhē-ənt, -shē-, -zē-, -sē-\ noun or adjective
Examples of nausea in a sentence
Some people experience nausea when flying.
A feeling of nausea suddenly came over me.
Origin and Etymology of nausea
Latin, seasickness, nausea, from Greek nautia, nausia, from nautēs sailor — more at nautical
First Known Use: 1569
NAUSEA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nausea for English Language Learners
: the feeling you have in your stomach when you think you are going to vomit
NAUSEA Defined for Kids
History for nausea
The ancient Greeks were a seafaring people, so feeling motion sickness on board a ship was nothing new to them. In fact the Greek word for “seasickness,” nausia, was derived from the word naus, meaning “ship.” Since the main signs of seasickness are an upset stomach and the urge to vomit, nausia was applied to stomach discomfort of any origin. The word was borrowed into Latin as nausea, and from Latin into English.
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