squea·​mish | \ ˈskwē-mish How to pronounce squeamish (audio) \

Definition of squeamish

1a : easily nauseated : queasy
b : affected with nausea
2a : excessively fastidious or scrupulous in conduct or belief
b : easily offended or disgusted

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Other Words from squeamish

squeamishly adverb
squeamishness noun

Examples of squeamish in a Sentence

I used to be squeamish about eating raw fish. I'm too squeamish to watch horror movies.
Recent Examples on the Web Various Republicans, including the governors of South and North Dakota, as well as Florida legislators, have been far too squeamish about the transgender-sports issue. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Caitlyn Jenner Is Right About Transgender Athletes," 3 May 2021 Gangs of London isn’t for the squeamish, but its baroquely complex universe can be a thrilling one to visit. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Gangs of London Is Your Next Great Crime Watch," 7 Apr. 2021 Nonetheless, squeamish backyard bird lovers can simply remove feeders for a few weeks, forcing the raptors to look elsewhere for prey. cleveland, "Backyard birding tips: Ensure watchable wildlife, prevent feeder frustrations," 2 Apr. 2021 As founders of blank-check companies wait in line, the deep-pocketed investors needed to take them public have grown squeamish. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The SPAC Slowdown," 2 Apr. 2021 Crowdfunding websites that were less squeamish about extremists stepped into the breach. Brenna Smith, USA TODAY, "Insurrection fundraiser: Capitol riot extremists, Trump supporters continue to raise money for lawyer bills online," 28 Mar. 2021 There is also the matter of squeamish advertisers and weeks of bad press that left Condé executives playing defense on a story that had escaped their control. Clio Chang, The New Republic, "On Teen Vogue and the “Cancel Culture” Hell We Can’t Seem to Escape," 23 Mar. 2021 For most fish, this hours-long journey can trigger a physiological reaction that even makes a parasitologist squeamish. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, "An Epic Journey to Adulthood Begins in the Intestines of a Deep-Sea Fish," 16 Feb. 2021 More than causing squeamish people to look away or change the channel, researchers say such illustrations could hamper efforts to get a broad swath of people vaccinated. Star Tribune, "Needle-phobic people scarred by so many photos of COVID shots," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of squeamish

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

History and Etymology for squeamish

Middle English squaymisch, modification of Anglo-French escoymous

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“Squeamish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeamish. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of squeamish

: afraid to deal with or do things that might hurt or offend people
: having an unpleasantly nervous or doubtful feeling
: easily shocked, offended, or disgusted by unpleasant things


squea·​mish | \ ˈskwē-mish How to pronounce squeamish (audio) \

Kids Definition of squeamish

: hesitant because of shock or disgust I'm squeamish about giving blood.

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