Definition of squeamish
1a : easily nauseated : queasyb : affected with nausea
2a : excessively fastidious or scrupulous in conduct or beliefb : easily offended or disgusted
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 of squeamish from the Web
Martin’s books aren’t for the squeamish, but HBO took the lewd elements to the next level.
Havana is not a city for people who are squeamish about sweat.
But state school board members are squeamish about such a plan.
But a handful feel a tad squeamish about the whole thing.
Gaming regulators remain squeamish about political betting, however, pointing to fears that the odds could influence voter turnout if the line moves for a candidate.
U.S. companies like Google, Nest and Facebook have been squeamish about pushing face recognition technologies, fearing backlash from customers concerned about privacy.
InnerMission is known for producing intimate, immersive dramas on difficult subjects and Johnna Adams’ 2012 play isn’t for the squeamish.
Set in the coastal city of Busan, the pic begins with a wry exchange between a pair of squeamish junior mobsters drawing parallels between eating seafood and committing cold-blooded murder.
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Origin and Etymology of squeamish
Middle English squaymisch, modification of Anglo-French escoymous
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
SQUEAMISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of squeamish for English Language Learners
: 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
SQUEAMISH Defined for Kids
Definition of squeamish for Students
: hesitant because of shock or disgust I'm squeamish about giving blood.
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