[naw-zee-ey-ting, -zhee-, -see-, -shee-]


causing sickness of the stomach; nauseous.
such as to cause contempt, disgust, loathing, etc.: I had to listen to the whole nauseating story.

Origin of nauseating

First recorded in 1635–45; nauseate + -ing2
Related formsnau·se·at·ing·ly, adverbun·nau·se·at·ing, adjective

Usage note


[naw-zee-eyt, -zhee-, -see-, -shee-]

verb (used with object), nau·se·at·ed, nau·se·at·ing.

to affect with nausea; sicken.
to cause to feel extreme disgust: His vicious behavior toward the dogs nauseates me.

verb (used without object), nau·se·at·ed, nau·se·at·ing.

to become affected with nausea.

Origin of nauseate

First recorded in 1630–40, nauseate is from the Latin word nauseātus (past participle of nauseāre to be seasick). See nausea, -ate1
Related formsun·nau·se·at·ed, adjective
Can be confusednauseated nauseous (see usage note at nauseous)

Synonyms for nauseate

2. revolt.

Antonyms for nauseate

Usage note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nauseating

Contemporary Examples of nauseating

Historical Examples of nauseating

  • I can talk shop with you without either shocking or nauseating you.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • “A nauseating mess, no doubt,” carelessly remarked the land baron.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • The taste of it came on his lips, nauseating and corrosive like some kinds of poison.


    Joseph Conrad

  • The very idea of drinking such filth is nauseating in the extreme.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • The thick, salty taste persisted in his mouth, nauseating him.

    Mountain Blood

    Joseph Hergesheimer

British Dictionary definitions for nauseating



(tr) to arouse feelings of disgust or revulsion in
to feel or cause to feel sick
Derived Formsnauseating, adjectivenauseation, nounnauseatingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nauseating



1630s, "to feel sick, to become affected with nausea," from nauseat- past participle stem of Latin nauseare "to feel seasick, to vomit," also "to cause disgust," from nausea (see nausea). Related: Nauseated; nauseating; nauseatingly. In its early life it also had transitive senses of "to reject (food, etc.) with a feeling of nausea" (1640s) and "to create a loathing in, to cause nausea" (1650s). Careful writers use nauseated for "sick at the stomach" and reserve nauseous (q.v.) for "sickening to contemplate."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for nauseating


[nôzē-āt′, -zhē-, -sē-, -shē-]


To feel or cause to feel nausea.
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