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queasy

[kwee-zee]
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adjective, quea·si·er, quea·si·est.
  1. inclined to or feeling nausea, as the stomach, a person, etc.; nauseous; nauseated.
  2. tending to cause nausea; nauseating.
  3. uneasy or uncomfortable, as feelings, the conscience, etc.
  4. squeamish; excessively fastidious.
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Also especially British, quea·zy.

Origin of queasy

1425–75; late Middle English qweysy, coisi, of uncertain origin
Related formsquea·si·ly, adverbquea·si·ness, noun
Can be confusedquasi queasy

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3. upset, troubled, anxious, worried.
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British Dictionary definitions for queasier

queasy

adjective -sier or -siest
  1. having the feeling that one is about to vomit; nauseous
  2. feeling or causing uneasinessa queasy conscience
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Derived Formsqueasily, adverbqueasiness, noun

Word Origin

C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for queasier

queasy

adj.

mid-15c., kyse, coysy, of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse kveisa "boil," perhaps influenced by Anglo-French queisier, from Old French coisier "to wound, hurt, make uneasy," which seems to be from the same Germanic root as kveisa. But the history is obscure and evidences of development are wanting. Related: Queasily; queasiness.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

queasier in Medicine

queasy

adj.
  1. Experiencing nausea.
  2. Easily nauseated.
  3. Causing nausea; sickening.
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