squeamish

adjective
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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And, perhaps more to the point, if the woman in question is squeamish about it, do ask her to tell you more! Anna Pulley, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Anna: What’s the most important thing a man should have to attract a woman?," 9 Sep. 2019 Some people are squeamish about cutting raw chicken. Cathy Barrow, The Denver Post, "The good old cabbage roll turns over a new leaf," 26 Aug. 2019 Some people are squeamish about cutting raw chicken. Cathy Barrow, The Denver Post, "The good old cabbage roll turns over a new leaf," 26 Aug. 2019 The hefty price tags, uneven gender dynamics, and class-specific ad descriptions might make some feel squeamish. Marella Gayla, BostonGlobe.com, "Matchmaker, matchmaker still makes a match," 23 Aug. 2019 Some people are squeamish about cutting raw chicken. Cathy Barrow, The Denver Post, "The good old cabbage roll turns over a new leaf," 26 Aug. 2019 Some people are squeamish about cutting raw chicken. Washington Post, "Fragrant ginger and sesame chicken packets are a new way to roll with cabbage," 20 Aug. 2019 Even restrooms, which make many a BART rider squeamish, ranked higher, with 40.6% rating them good or excellent, up from 35.2% the prior year. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "BART stations are getting cleaner, especially elevators, passenger survey says," 21 Aug. 2019 Escargot is a palate opener and, even for the most squeamish of diners, is worthy of trying in a place like Edwins. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Edwins serves fine French dishes with a cause (review, photos)," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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squeamish

adjective

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

squeamish

adjective
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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