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 Plus, non-squeamish virtual visitors can stay on the Zoom meeting to watch Frank eat a mouse. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As the weather warms up, Milwaukee-area nature centers provide activities for families to do in their backyards," 22 Apr. 2020 There were some squeamish moments early in the lesson. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "A Chugiak High teacher hunted a moose and brought it to school. Then things got interesting.," 15 Dec. 2019 Not for the squeamish: New York magazine gives a detailed description of how the coronavirus takes over the body. Jonathan Wolfe, New York Times, "Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today," 20 Mar. 2020 This version favours her mother’s baggy concert tees and shorts, and isn’t squeamish about blood, dirt, or anything else that may come her way. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Wendy Reveals A Dark Truth About The Peter Pan Story," 2 Mar. 2020 My mom is Catholic but is open to different spiritual practices and not squeamish about bodies. Maggie Jones, New York Times, "The Movement to Bring Death Closer," 19 Dec. 2019 Someone who might or might not feel squeamish about donning a shirt someone else had sweated into. Karen Toulon, Bloomberg.com, "Learning to Love Pre-Owned Clothing Even When There’s Been Sweat," 9 Jan. 2020 Was Shakespeare squeamish about who to take money from? Alan Rusbridger, Quartz at Work, "Why your next corporate hire should be a moral philosopher," 3 Feb. 2020 Cybersecurity experts are squeamish about online mobile voting, but King County has decided to wager that election security risks are worth the potential payoff of people actually voting in a local election. TheWeek, "Seattle is letting everyone vote via smartphone in a local election," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of squeamish was in the 15th century

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22 May 2020

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“Squeamish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeamish. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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