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[kwee-zee] /ˈkwi zi/
adjective, queasier, queasiest.
inclined to or feeling nausea, as the stomach, a person, etc.; nauseous; nauseated.
tending to cause nausea; nauseating.
uneasy or uncomfortable, as feelings, the conscience, etc.
squeamish; excessively fastidious.
Also, especially British, queazy.
Origin of queasy
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English qweysy, coisi, of uncertain origin
Related forms
queasily, adverb
queasiness, noun
Can be confused
quasi, queasy.
3. upset, troubled, anxious, worried. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for queasy
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  • Something indefinable, a queasy feeling, took Beardsley about the middle.

    We're Friends, Now Henry Hasse
  • But midway the eighteenth century they were not so queasy–stomached.

    Tobias Smollett Oliphant Smeaton
  • She turned ashen about the mouth, and a queasy feeling sickened her.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • It was like pressing upon a queasy invalid the sweets which had made him sick.

    Rest Harrow Maurice Hewlett
  • Sir John waited at his hotel for queasy, who had promised to call to let him know when the ladies f would go to Tunbridge.

British Dictionary definitions for queasy


adjective -sier, -siest
having the feeling that one is about to vomit; nauseous
feeling or causing uneasiness: a queasy conscience
Derived Forms
queasily, adverb
queasiness, noun
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for queasy

mid-15c., kyse, coysy, of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse kveisa "boil," perhaps influenced by Anglo-French queisier, from Old French coisier "to wound, hurt, make uneasy," which seems to be from the same Germanic root as kveisa. But the history is obscure and evidences of development are wanting. Related: Queasily; queasiness.

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queasy in Medicine

queasy quea·sy or quea·zy (kwē'zē)
adj. quea·si·er or quea·zi·er, quea·si·est or quea·zi·est

  1. Experiencing nausea; nauseated.

  2. Easily nauseated.

  3. Causing nausea; sickening.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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