Definitions

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

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

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  • adj. easily bothered or upset; tending to be nauseous or nervous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. excessively fastidious and easily disgusted

Etymologies

Middle English squeimous, alteration of Anglo-Norman escoymous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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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  • I am more than a little squeamish, which is odd given my reading taste.

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  • Her own journey from a suburban childhood to college and a prestigious law school to urban hero in a relentless job that is admittedly not for the squeamish is a saga of dawning awareness of the dimensions of rape and what it has done to us as a society.

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  • Otter, who certainly could not be called squeamish, hastened to descend the rock.

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  • Sorry if I sound like some kind of squeamish woman.

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  • Don't worry, I will explain why they are so "squeamish" soon...

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  • Certainly there are moral and ethical as well as legal implications in this case but I am at a loss to see why anyone should feel "squeamish" about the content of the report, nor do I see how the content of the report would constitute "a bit too much sex education" for you of all people.

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  • It is also clear that the SS wanted to have a completely free hand — free from observation, much less interference, by possibly "squeamish" elements.

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  • Ms. Prada reacts with a kind of squeamish delight to the banality of glamour.

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  • "Google and NSA are entering into a secret agreement that could impact the privacy of millions of users of Google's products and services around the world," the centre's executive director Marc Rotenberg said he felt "squeamish" about the possibility of information sharing between Google and the government, and was sceptical about the NSA's ability to help protect the company's infrastructure.

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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