[ naw-shuhs, -zee-uhs ]
/ ˈnɔ ʃəs, -zi əs /
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causing nausea; sickening; nauseating: a nauseous smell.
disgusting; loathsome: a nauseous display of greed.
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words often confused with nauseous
The two literal senses of nauseous, “affected with nausea” ( to feel nauseous ) and “causing nausea” ( a nauseous smell ), appear in English at almost the same time in the early 17th century, and both senses are in standard use at the present time. Nauseous is more common than nauseated in the sense “affected with nausea,” despite recent objections by those who imagine the sense to be new. In the sense “causing nausea,” either literally or figuratively, nauseating has become more common than nauseous : a nauseating smell.
OTHER WORDS FROM nauseousnau·seous·ly, adverbnau·seous·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH nauseousnauseated, nauseous (see confusables note at the current entry)
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How to use nauseous in a sentence
Sam Weller's description of them as "having a taste of warm flat-irons" conveys only a faint idea of their hideous nauseousness.Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow|Jerome K. Jerome
Besides sweetness, the mobola has the flavor of strawberries, with a touch of nauseousness.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa|David Livingstone
I have in other places dwelt upon the insufficiency and the nauseousness of the food.Andersonville, Volume 3|John McElroy
There is a nauseousness in a city-feast, when we are to sit four hours after we are cloyed.The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18)|John Dryden
British Dictionary definitions for nauseous
/ (ˈnɔːzɪəs, -sɪ-) /
distasteful to the mind or senses; repulsive
Derived forms of nauseousnauseously, adverbnauseousness, noun
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