- fastidious or dainty.
- easily shocked by anything slightly immodest; prudish.
- excessively particular or scrupulous as to the moral aspect of things.
- easily nauseated or disgusted: to get squeamish at the sight of blood.
Origin of squeamish
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Examples from the Web for squeamish
None were squeamish about organising power to pursue their object.One U.S. Constitution Just Wasn’t Enough
July 4, 2014
Katy Perry as a squeamish conservative is a little hard to swallow.Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus Kiss, Break Up, Make Up
March 7, 2014
Linda Kasabian, a more recent and squeamish recruit, was left to stand guard at the gate.The Making of a Monster: Charles Manson’s Childhood
August 3, 2013
Plenty of non-conservatives are squeamish about 20-plus-week abortions.Rep. Trent Franks: Just Another Idiot When It Comes to Abortion
June 14, 2013
The franchise has been squeamish about religion in the past.Why Did ‘The Bachelor’ Hide Sean Lowe’s Born-Again Virginity?
March 12, 2013
Damn your squeamish stomach, go directly, or I'll go myself.The Fall of British Tyranny
Since when have you become so squeamish about card-playing, Mr. Linton?Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
The Englishmen of those days were not so squeamish or so indifferent.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
Even for the most squeamish the discomforts of the voyage lay behind.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
"It is only a woman, squeamish," Pierre said in a rough voice.Saint Bartholomew's Eve
G. A. Henty
- easily sickened or nauseated, as by the sight of blood
- easily shocked; fastidious or prudish
- easily frightenedsqueamish about spiders
Word Origin and History for squeamish
mid-15c., variant of squoymous "disdainful, fastidious" (c.1300), from Anglo-French *escoymous, which is of unknown origin.
He was somdel squaymous
Of fartyng, and of speche daungerous
[Chaucer, "Miller's Tale," c.1386]