squeamish

  • 1 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 squeamish — index disinclined, reluctant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 squeamish — mid 15c., variant of squoymous disdainful, fastidious (c.1300), from Anglo Fr. *escoymous, which is of unknown origin. He was somdel squaymous Of fartyng, and of speche daungerous [Chaucer, Miller s Tale, c.1386] …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 squeamish — ñnicky, ñnicking, finical, particular, fussy, persnickety, pernickety, fastidious, *nice, dainty Analogous words: exacting, demanding, requiring (see DEMAND): hypercritical, *critical, faultfinding, caviling, captious, carping …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 squeamish — [adj] nauseated; finicky annoyed, captious, delicate, disgusted, dizzy, exacting, fastidious, fussy, hypercritical, mincing, particular, prim, prudish, puritanical, qualmish, queasy, queer, scrupulous, shaky, sick, sickly, sick to one’s stomach* …

    New thesaurus

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 squeamish — [skwē′mish] adj. [ME squaymysch, earlier squaimous < Anglo Fr escoimous, orig., disdainful, shy] 1. having a digestive system that is easily upset; easily nauseated; queasy 2. easily shocked or offended; prudish 3. excessively fastidious;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 squeamish — adjective 1) I m too squeamish to gut fish are you squeamish about a little blood? Syn: easily nauseated, nervous; (squeamish about) put off by, not able to stand the sight of 2) less squeamish nations will sell them arms Syn: scrupulous,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 9 squeamish — squeam|ish [ˈskwi:mıʃ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Anglo French; Origin: escoymous] 1.) easily shocked or upset, or easily made to feel sick by seeing unpleasant things 2.) the squeamish [plural] people who are squeamish ▪ His new novel is not for… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 squeamish — [[t]skwi͟ːmɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If you are squeamish, you are easily upset by unpleasant sights or situations. I m terribly squeamish. I can t bear gory films... I am not squeamish about blood. Derived words: squeamishness N UNCOUNT …

    English dictionary

  • 11 squeamish — adj. squeamish about * * * [ skwiːmɪʃ] squeamish about …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 squeamish — squeamishly, adv. squeamishness, n. /skwee mish/, adj. 1. fastidious or dainty. 2. easily shocked by anything slightly immodest; prudish. 3. excessively particular or scrupulous as to the moral aspect of things. 4. easily nauseated or disgusted:… …

    Universalium

  • 13 squeamish — adjective easily bothered or upset; tending to be nauseous or nervous He might have made a good doctor, had he not been so squeamish about the sight of blood …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 squeamish — adjective easily shocked, upset or easily made to feel sick by unpleasant sights: I could never be a nurse I m too squeamish. squeamishly adverb squeamishness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 squeamish — adjective Etymology: Middle English squaymisch, modification of Anglo French escoymous Date: 15th century 1. a. easily nauseated ; queasy b. affected with nausea 2. a. excessively fastidious or scrupulous in conduct or belief b. easily offended… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 squeamish — Synonyms and related words: airsick, barfy, bashful, boggling, carsick, critical, dainty, delicate, demanding, demurring, difficult, diffident, dizzy, exacting, faltering, fastidious, finical, finicking, finicky, finikin, fuddy duddy, fuss… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 squeamish — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. queasy, qualmish, nauseated; fearful, skittish, nervous; fastidious, picky; hypercritical. See unwillingness, taste.Ant., fearless, all consuming. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. finicky, fussy, mincing …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 squeamish — squea|mish [ skwimıʃ ] adjective easily shocked or upset by something unpleasant ╾ squea|mish|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 squeamish — squeam·ish || skwɪːmɪʃ adj. prudish, prim, easily shocked; fastidious; easily nauseated …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 squeamish — adjective 1》 easily nauseated or disgusted. 2》 having fastidious moral views. Derivatives squeamishly adverb squeamishness noun Origin ME: alt. of dialect squeamous, from Anglo Norman Fr. escoymos, of unknown origin …

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