nauseous

adjective
nau·​seous | \ ˈnȯ-shəs How to pronounce nauseous (audio) , ˈnȯ-zē-əs How to pronounce nauseous (audio) \

Definition of nauseous

1 : causing nausea or disgust : nauseating the nauseous smell of rotting garbage
2 : affected with nausea or disgust When the medication makes her tired and nauseous, she works at home instead of going to the office.— Jane E. Brody

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Other Words from nauseous

nauseously adverb
nauseousness noun

Frequently Asked Questions About nauseous

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").

Examples of nauseous in a Sentence

She looked slightly nauseous, as though she had just watched someone being sick. However, when she drew out her wand and pointed it at Barty Crouch, her hand was quite steady. — J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000 She unleashed, too, an olfactory effect of such nauseous potency as to make him gag and retch. — Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses, 1989 Personally, I think that writing must be a bit like pregnancy: It begins with a microscopic idea that with time grows and takes shape and comes alive. And often, when I get up in the morning and look at what I wrote the night before, sure enough—I become nauseous. — Mike Nichols, Life and other ways to kill time, 1988 Ermyn didn't take sugar, but she sipped the nauseous solution bravely, incapable of rebuffing a kindness. — Alice Thomas Ellis, The Sin Eater, 1977 The smell of gasoline makes me nauseous. I began to feel nauseous.
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Recent Examples on the Web In April, a 23-year-old woman became nauseous and began vomiting after riding Manta. Katie Rice, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Aug. 2021 Rodney Wimbush, a high school math teacher, had his name added to the list in 2020, when he was diagnosed with kidney failure after several weeks of feeling lethargic and nauseous, Tia Wimbush said. Cathy Free, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Or feel dizzy or nauseous after looking at your phone? Angelica Jasper, The Conversation, 22 July 2021 Rodney Wimbush, a high school math teacher, had his name added to the list in 2020, when he was diagnosed with kidney failure after several weeks of feeling lethargic and nauseous, Tia Wimbush said. Cathy Free, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Rodney Wimbush, a high school math teacher, had his name added to the list in 2020, when he was diagnosed with kidney failure after several weeks of feeling lethargic and nauseous, Tia Wimbush said. Cathy Free, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 DelVecchio's girlfriend, Nikki Hall, mentions feeling nauseous. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, 7 July 2021 Rodney Wimbush, a high school math teacher, had his name added to the list in 2020, when he was diagnosed with kidney failure after several weeks of feeling lethargic and nauseous, Tia Wimbush said. Cathy Free, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Rodney Wimbush, a high school math teacher, had his name added to the list in 2020, when he was diagnosed with kidney failure after several weeks of feeling lethargic and nauseous, Tia Wimbush said. Washington Post, 29 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nauseous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of nauseous

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nauseous

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“Nauseous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nauseous. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for nauseous

nauseous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nauseous

: feeling like you are about to vomit
: causing you to feel like you are going to vomit
: causing disgust

nauseous

adjective
nau·​seous | \ ˈnȯ-shəs How to pronounce nauseous (audio) , ˈnȯ-zē-əs \

Kids Definition of nauseous

1 : suffering from nausea
2 : causing nausea a nauseous smell

nauseous

adjective
nau·​seous | \ ˈnȯ-shəs How to pronounce nauseous (audio) , ˈnȯ-zē-əs How to pronounce nauseous (audio) \

Medical Definition of nauseous

1 : causing nausea
2 : affected with nausea

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