qualm

[ kwahm, kwawm ]
/ kwɑm, kwɔm /
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noun

an uneasy feeling or pang of conscience as to conduct; compunction: He has no qualms about lying.
a sudden feeling of apprehensive uneasiness; misgiving: a sudden qualm about the success of the venture.
a sudden sensation or onset of faintness or illness, especially of nausea.

Nearby words

  1. quality point,
  2. quality point average,
  3. quality time,
  4. quality-assure,
  5. quality-of-life,
  6. qualmish,
  7. qualms,
  8. quamash,
  9. quame,
  10. quamin

Origin of qualm

First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for qualms

qualm

/ (kwɑːm) /

noun

a sudden feeling of sickness or nausea
a pang or sudden feeling of doubt, esp concerning moral conduct; scruple
a sudden sensation of misgiving or unease
Derived Formsqualmish, adjectivequalmishly, adverbqualmishness, noun

Word Origin for qualm

Old English cwealm death or plague; related to Old High German qualm despair, Dutch kwalm smoke, stench

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