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 queasily (audio) \ adverb
queasiness \ ˈkwē-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce queasiness (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 On the way up, the queasy track exposes views of the Verde Valley, Sedona, Flagstaff and the green course of the Verde River that get bigger and better with every few feet of elevation gained. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "If you like steep, edgy hikes, this Camp Verde trail is for you. Here's how to tackle it," 13 Feb. 2020 Flashback sequences to concentration camps feature a shocking amount of violence against Jewish prisoners, much of it heightened in a way that fits Hunters' graphic-novel aesthetic but feels infinitely queasier given the real historical context. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) in theaters and on Netflix or Amazon this weekend," 21 Feb. 2020 The novel ends with a fascinating series of shifts and reframings both dramatically satisfying as fiction and – in the real, Norwegian world of crime-fighting in which the novel is set – ethically queasy. Scott Timberg, latimes.com, "Nordic noir master Jo Nesbø takes another dark twist with 'Knife'," 10 July 2019 Irving's infamous mood swings, confirmed by his ex-teammates, which followed him from Cleveland to Boston to Brooklyn, are the unspoken concern that makes Nets officials queasy. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Why did the Nets start firestorm over Kyrie Irving's behavior?," 29 Oct. 2019 Overseas, adversaries and allies alike will find a change in the American presidency entails queasier see-sawing than ever before. The Economist, "The world intrudes The Democrats’ debate in Iowa covers foreign policy at last," 15 Jan. 2020 Yet Irving’s infamous mood swings, confirmed by his ex-teammates, which followed him from Cleveland to Boston to Brooklyn, are the unspoken concern that makes Nets officials queasy. BostonGlobe.com, "I’m really kicking myself over this one. I had the basics correct in a column I wrote in this space back in July after he crossed over Boston one more time and bolted for Brooklyn in free agency.," 27 Nov. 2019 As regulators look increasingly askance at Big Tech, the very notion of blitzscaling raises competition and other concerns, which will make public investors yet more queasy. The Economist, "WeWork shows why some venture capitalists are in a world of make-believe," 28 Sep. 2019 To heighten the impact of the guitar-bass-drums interaction, the band immersed itself in video images that mirrored the music, by turns violent, queasy, beautiful: Blood-red lava, inquisitive androids, mutant predators. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Concert review: Tool fires up head-banging and hand-wringing at United Center," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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19 Mar 2020

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“Queasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queasy. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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How to pronounce queasy (audio)

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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