Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Easily nauseated or sickened.
  • adjective Nauseated.
  • adjective Easily shocked or disgusted.
  • adjective Excessively fastidious or scrupulous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Easily disgusted or nauseated; hence, fastidious; scrupulous; particular; nice to excess in questions of propriety or taste; finical: as, a squeamish stomach; squeamish notions.
  • Qualmish; slightly nauseated; sickish: as, a squeamish feeling.
  • Synonyms Dainty, Fastidious, etc. (see nice), overnice, straitlaced.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective 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.

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  • adjective easily bothered or upset; tending to be nauseous or nervous

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective excessively fastidious and easily disgusted

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English squeimous, alteration of Anglo-Norman escoymous.]

Examples

  • Yet rejection of DIY killing and eating pet animals is increasingly cast as "squeamish" - shirking a necessary evil like cleaning up vomit instead of shirking voluntary and unnecessary violence.

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  • Yet rejection of DIY killing and eating pet animals is increasingly cast as "squeamish" - shirking a necessary evil like cleaning up vomit instead of shirking voluntary and unnecessary violence.

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  • Yet rejection of DIY killing and eating pet animals is increasingly cast as "squeamish" - shirking a necessary evil like cleaning up vomit instead of shirking voluntary and unnecessary violence.

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  • Yet rejection of DIY killing and eating pet animals is increasingly cast as "squeamish" - shirking a necessary evil like cleaning up vomit instead of shirking voluntary and unnecessary violence.

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  • Yet rejection of DIY killing and eating pet animals is increasingly cast as "squeamish" - shirking a necessary evil like cleaning up vomit instead of shirking voluntary and unnecessary violence.

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  • Yet rejection of DIY killing and eating pet animals is increasingly cast as "squeamish" - shirking a necessary evil like cleaning up vomit instead of shirking voluntary and unnecessary violence.

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  • Yet rejection of DIY killing and eating pet animals is increasingly cast as "squeamish" - shirking a necessary evil like cleaning up vomit instead of shirking voluntary and unnecessary violence.

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  • Yet rejection of DIY killing and eating pet animals is increasingly cast as "squeamish" - shirking a necessary evil like cleaning up vomit instead of shirking voluntary and unnecessary violence.

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  • Yet rejection of DIY killing and eating pet animals is increasingly cast as "squeamish" - shirking a necessary evil like cleaning up vomit instead of shirking voluntary and unnecessary violence.

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  • Yet rejection of DIY killing and eating pet animals is increasingly cast as "squeamish" - shirking a necessary evil like cleaning up vomit instead of shirking voluntary and unnecessary violence.

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  • If you feel squeamish about posting something—don’t. Wait a day or two, and think it over. (Gretchen Rubin)

    April 9, 2011