squea·​mish | \ˈskwē-mish \

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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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 Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman aren’t the sort of urbanists to get squeamish over a little raw sewage. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "A new U.S.-Mexico border? At the Venice Biennale, imagining a binational region called MEXUS," 23 May 2018 Misconception: People who get squeamish can’t be vets. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "How to become a veterinarian: Career advice from 4 New Orleans vets," 22 May 2018 Edwards-Anderson's husband, Greg, who grew up with hens in his hometown of Selma, Alabama, is not squeamish about turning their hens, Hattie, Onyx, and Mildred, into stew when the time comes. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Mar. 2017 Trump has a history of getting squeamish when confronted with actual effects of his policies on kids. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Blames Democrats for His Most Horrifying Immigration Policy," 26 May 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 \

Kids Definition of squeamish

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

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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