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

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 Before visiting the Roselands’ ranch, Virginia was squeamish about the idea of shooting an animal, and nervous that her experience at gun ranges wouldn’t translate to safety in the field. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 1 Apr. 2021 This is not a film for the squeamish, the easily depressed or anyone who thinks that men have had a raw deal of it lately. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 7 July 2022 The possibility of such a tryst has been the subject of some discussion among those involved with my trip, including my editor and the museum director, which has left me a little squeamish, not to mention embarrassed. Sam Lipsyte, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 For months, the administration—and Democrats across the country—have proven squeamish when confronted with pressing problems, from inflation or student loans or the imminent overturning of Roe v. Wade. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 18 May 2022 Yet the most forbidding aspect of the movie isn’t any of those squeamish occurrences. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 23 May 2022 Hypochondriacs or squeamish folk may want to sit this one out. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 While her squeamish partner looks on in horror, Cam calmly consoles the child and doesn’t seem affected by the traumatic injuries. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 However, this account backs up what I was told about how squeamish Wilcox got when the hiring contingent at Oregon started meddling and offering stipulations. John Canzano, oregonlive, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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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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