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.

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Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey Explains His Tattoos To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that Unfortunately for the squeamish, the rest of Salt & Straw's Halloween-time offerings are equally . . Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Salt & Straw Debuts "Dracula's Blood Pudding" Ice Cream Made With Real Blood," 4 Oct. 2018 That's often done via needle, but for those who are squeamish there's also the option of an insulin pump that functions as a partial or full artificial pancreas, Hirsch adds. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "What's the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?," 10 Sep. 2018 Edwards-Anderson's husband, Greg, who grew up with hens in his hometown of Selma, Alabama, is not squeamish about turning their hens into stew when the time comes. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018 Warning: This is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. 1. Fox News, "Chef kitchen nightmares: True gory stories from restaurants," 18 Nov. 2015 Pre-Wilson, birds were preserved in brandy, which affected their coloration; on long sea voyages, too, such preservatives were regularly drunk by none-too-squeamish seamen. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States’ Review: Ornithology Takes Flight," 21 May 2018 The taste may not be all that revolting (though this squeamish reporter would not know). New York Times, "A Story of Survival Revived by the Cicadas’ Loud (and Crunchy) Return," 22 June 2018 Observers often are squeamish about that proposition. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Who Really Stands to Win from Universal Basic Income?," 24 Mar. 2014 Some people have higher pain thresholds or are less squeamish about violence or blood. Julia Belluz, Vox, "How to help someone who might be at risk of suicide," 8 June 2018

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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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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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