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 neauseating").

Examples of nauseous in a Sentence

Instead what they do is all sit together and feel really bad, and pray. Nobody does anything as nauseous as try to make everybody all pray together or pray aloud or anything, but you can tell what they're doing. — David Foster Wallace, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2001 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 When a deejay was absent, Melvin’s best friend Jack Schuler lasted all of one minute, visibly trembling and feeling nauseous about the thought of going on air. Ericka Blount Danois, Essence, "Play Another Slow Jam: An Oral History of The Quiet Storm," 26 June 2020 Seven officers entered the home after seeing a cryptic note written in military jargon, but were driven out by a strong chemical odor after feeling lightheaded, dizzy and nauseous. Sig Christenson,, "Police identify family of 6 found dead in San Antonio home," 8 June 2020 But telling someone not to be jealous is sort of like telling them to stop being nauseous, explains Robert Leahy, Ph.D., author of The Jealousy Cure and director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "How to Keep Jealousy From Ruining Your Life," 5 Mar. 2020 Within the hour, though, Bassett got a headache and grew nauseous. Popular Science, "Hidden hearing loss is hitting people of all ages. Neuroscientists are still debating why.," 21 Jan. 2020 In these attack-like episodes, Lila becomes nauseous, Ferrante writes. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "An Experiment in Reading Elena Ferrante," 16 Jan. 2020 Less exhausted, less nauseous, less dizzy and less headachy. Kyle Beechey, Bon Appétit, "I Tried Those New, Flashy Hangover Cures to See If They Worked," 25 Oct. 2019 Everyone knew cancer patients might lose their hair, or become nauseous or exhausted., "As his Alzheimer’s looms, Charles and Pam Ogletree take one last walk in love - The Boston Globe," 27 Oct. 2019 The water of the Rio Branco, the river that runs past the community, was a nauseous pale yellow. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019

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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1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nauseous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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


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


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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