: a stomach distress with distaste for food and an urge to vomit
experienced nausea during the cruise to Bermuda
: extreme disgust
looked at the murder scene with growing nausea
nauseant noun or adjective

Frequently Asked Questions

Is one nauseous or nauseated?

Some usage guides have held that there should be a strict distinction between nauseous and nauseated, with the first word meaning "causing nausea or disgust" and the second one meaning "affected with nausea." However, nauseous has been in widespread enough use for both of these senses that this distinction is now quite blurred. Nauseous may mean either "causing nausea" or "affected with nausea"; nauseated, on the other hand, is restricted in meaning to "affected with nausea; feeling disgust."

What is the verb for nauseous?

The verb form of nauseous is nauseate, meaning "to affect with nausea or disgust." It comes from the Latin word meaning "seasickness, nausea," which itself may be traced back to the Greek word for "sailor" (nautēs).

Is nausea a noun?

Nausea is a noun, meaning "a stomach distress with distaste for food and an urge to vomit" or "extreme disgust." A number of other nouns are closely related in meaning, including nauseant ("something that causes nausea"), nauseousness ("an instance of nausea"), and nauseatingness ("the quality or state of being nauseating").

Example Sentences

Some people experience nausea when flying. A feeling of nausea suddenly came over me.
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Word History


Latin, seasickness, nausea, from Greek nautia, nausia, from nautēs sailor — more at nautical

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nausea was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nausea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nausea. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a disturbed condition of the stomach in which one feels like vomiting
: extreme disgust

Medical Definition


: a stomach distress with distaste for food and an urge to vomit

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