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


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

Middle English squeimous, alteration of Anglo-Norman escoymous.


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