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 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, "Revenge Is Sweet in Promising Young Woman," 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, "My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked," 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, "Want and The Party Upstairs show the perils of a class-obsessed New York City: Review," 6 July 2020 Europeans and Americans can indeed be queasy about sending some weaponry to places with mixed human-rights records. The Economist, "From muskets to missiles The battle for the Middle Eastern arms market is heating up," 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, "The Best TV Shows of the Decade, from Game of Thrones to Stranger Things," 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, "Democrats Aren’t Stuck With Joe Biden," 1 May 2020 Shot in black-and-white, often with the queasy perspectives of fish-eye lenses, the film presages the half-campy, half-horrifying mood of David Lynch’s work. Jeremy Lybarger, The New York Review of Books, "The Mordant Fables of Juraj Herz," 20 Apr. 2020 There are also the posts that have always made privacy advocates queasy. Emma Silvers, SFChronicle.com, "Nextdoor is now the Bay Area stage where our hopes and fears about the coronavirus play out," 17 Apr. 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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6 Jan 2021

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“Queasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queasy. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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