Squeamish
Squeamish Squeam"ish (skw[=e]m"[i^]sh), a. [OE. squaimous, sweymous, probably from OE. sweem, swem, dizziness, a swimming in the head; cf. Icel. sveimr a bustle, a stir, Norw. sveim a hovering about, a sickness that comes upon one, Icel. svimi a giddiness, AS. sw[=i]ma. The word has been perhaps confused with qualmish. Cf. {Swim} to be dizzy.] Having a stomach that is easily turned or nauseated; hence, nice to excess in taste; fastidious; easily disgusted; apt to be offended at trifling improprieties. [1913 Webster]

Quoth he, that honor's very squeamish That takes a basting for a blemish. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

His muse is rustic, and perhaps too plain The men of squeamish taste to entertain. --Southern. [1913 Webster]

So ye grow squeamish, Gods, and sniff at heaven. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Fastidious; dainty; overnice; scrupulous. See {Fastidious}. [1913 Webster] -- {Squeam"ish*ly}, adv. -- {Squeam"ish*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • squeamish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) easily nauseated or disgusted. 2) having fastidious moral views. DERIVATIVES squeamishly adverb squeamishness noun. ORIGIN Old French escoymos …   English terms dictionary

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