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squeamish

[skwee-mish] /ˈskwi mɪʃ/
adjective
1.
fastidious or dainty.
2.
easily shocked by anything slightly immodest; prudish.
3.
excessively particular or scrupulous as to the moral aspect of things.
4.
easily nauseated or disgusted:
to get squeamish at the sight of blood.
Origin of squeamish
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English squemish, alteration (conformed to -ish1) of squemes, squaymes, alteration of squaymous < Anglo-French escoymous; ulterior origin uncertain
Related forms
squeamishly, adverb
squeamishness, noun
oversqueamish, adjective
oversqueamishly, adverb
oversqueamishness, noun
unsqueamish, adjective
unsqueamishly, adverb
unsqueamishness, noun
Synonyms
1. modest. 3. finical, finicky, delicate, exacting.
Antonyms
1–3. bold.
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  • Damn your squeamish stomach, go directly, or I'll go myself.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for squeamish

squeamish

/ˈskwiːmɪʃ/
adjective
1.
easily sickened or nauseated, as by the sight of blood
2.
easily shocked; fastidious or prudish
3.
easily frightened: squeamish about spiders
Derived Forms
squeamishly, adverb
squeamishness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French escoymous, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for squeamish
adj.

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]

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