quea·​sy | \ ˈkwē-zē How to pronounce queasy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly queazy
queasier; queasiest

Definition of queasy

1a : causing nausea queasy motion
b : suffering from nausea : nauseated
2 : full of doubt : hazardous
3a : causing uneasiness
(2) : ill at ease

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Other Words from queasy

queasily \ ˈkwē-​zə-​lē How to pronounce queasy (audio) \ adverb
queasiness \ ˈkwē-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce queasy (audio) \ noun

Examples of queasy in a Sentence

The boat ride made me a little queasy. She complained of a queasy stomach. He feels queasy about taking the test. She had the queasy feeling that she was being watched.
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Recent Examples on the Web Klein's modus operandi is to over-prepare her first-time patients for what to expect and provide ample time for the numbing agent to take effect, especially for patients who feel queasy with needles. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, 14 Apr. 2021 Even before the interview aired, some factions in former British colonies in the Caribbean were growing increasingly queasy about their lingering ties to a nation that built its wealth through the slave trade. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2021 Her feature debut, Promising Young Woman, confronts what’s often called rape culture through a brilliantly queasy blend of genres: revenge thriller, social satire, farce, romantic comedy. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 24 Dec. 2020 Ghoulish speculation on prognosis is soon displaced onto the less queasy question of whether there will be a transfer of power. Laurence Scott, Wired, 3 Oct. 2020 Strong's unadorned prose aptly captures a certain kind of queasy millennial unease, though its very plainness can also place a pane of glass between her voice and the reader; a diary of desire, once removed. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 6 July 2020 Europeans and Americans can indeed be queasy about sending some weaponry to places with mixed human-rights records. The Economist, 13 Feb. 2020 Co-creator Ryan Murphy’s anthology horror series, which circled through genre stories about witches, ghosts and killer clowns, sustained a tone both of queasy, gory suspense — isn’t cheap horror the best?! Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE.com, 23 Dec. 2019 What his campaign is trying to imply is that Biden’s nomination is inevitable, instilling resignation in those who feel queasy about the allegations but who desperately want to beat Donald Trump in November. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of queasy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for queasy

Middle English coysy, qwesye

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The first known use of queasy was in the 15th century

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25 Apr 2021

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“Queasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queasy. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of queasy

: having a sick feeling in the stomach : suffering from nausea
: having an unpleasantly nervous or doubtful feeling


quea·​sy | \ ˈkwē-zē How to pronounce queasy (audio) \
queasier; queasiest

Kids Definition of queasy

1 : somewhat nauseated The boat ride made me queasy.
2 : full of doubt : uneasy I have a queasy feeling I'm being watched.

Other Words from queasy

queasiness \ -​nəs \ noun

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