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 Prosecutors have found that jurors are less squeamish about locking people up for the rest of their lives than about executing them. NBC News, 22 May 2021 Prosecutors have found that jurors are less squeamish about locking people up for the rest of their lives than about executing them. Dallas News, 20 May 2021 Needle-squeamish guys (or those pretending to be) passed out in line. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 But for the squeamish players out there, there’s an option to make the jump scares less terrifying. Kris Holt, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Various Republicans, including the governors of South and North Dakota, as well as Florida legislators, have been far too squeamish about the transgender-sports issue. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 3 May 2021 Gangs of London isn’t for the squeamish, but its baroquely complex universe can be a thrilling one to visit. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2021 Nonetheless, squeamish backyard bird lovers can simply remove feeders for a few weeks, forcing the raptors to look elsewhere for prey. cleveland, 2 Apr. 2021 As founders of blank-check companies wait in line, the deep-pocketed investors needed to take them public have grown squeamish. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 2 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeamish. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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