Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sick at the stomach; inclined to vomit; affected with nausea or sickly languor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Sick at the stomach; affected with nausea or sickly languor; inclined to vomit.
- From qualm + -ish. (Wiktionary)
“qualmish" for a few hours, but that (they fancy) will but highten the general enjoyment of the voyage.”
“Dim as it was, it seemed to shift, wavering in a disturbingly qualmish fashion, and he shut his eyes, concentrating grimly on what he might do to Richard Brown, and he got the man alone someday.”
“I would have set out for London immediately after receiving this piece of intelligence, but my dear angel has been qualmish of late, and begins to grow remarkably round in the waist; so that I cannot leave her in such an interesting situation, which I hope will produce something to crown my felicity.”
“The decrepit fingers looked like ten claws as they clutched loathsomely at the greasy bread and butter; I felt qualmish, and passed by without addressing him.”
“He was too qualmish with the memory of Peter Marlowe's arm and the smell of it and the blood and the clotted mucused bandage that lay on the floor.”
“My muse is taken a little qualmish, therefore pray excuse her.”
“He did not notice the well-worn carpets burned here and there by the hot cigar-ash; the strong smell of tobacco, impregnated in the curtains, did not make him feel qualmish.”
“I hope there is no row between you;" for the idea of an open quarrel between Phil and Acton made Jack rather qualmish.”
“If Britannia rules the waves," said a qualmish writing-master, going to”
“Not very," said I, for I was qualmish still, although the fresh air had considerably revived me even in the short time since I had come out of the close cabin.”
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