SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN adjective, quea·si·er, quea·si·est. inclined to or feeling nausea, as the stomach, a person, etc.; nauseous; nauseated. tending to cause nausea; nauseating. uneasy or uncomfortable, as feelings, the conscience, etc. squeamish; excessively fastidious.
, especially British quea·zy. Origin of queasy 1425–75; late Middle English qweysy, coisi, of uncertain origin Related forms quea·si·ly, adverb quea·si·ness, noun Can be confused quasi queasy
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British Dictionary definitions for queasily adjective -sier or -siest having the feeling that one is about to vomit; nauseous feeling or causing uneasiness a queasy conscience Derived Forms queasily, adverb queasiness, noun Word Origin for queasy
C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for queasily adj.
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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adj. Experiencing nausea. Easily nauseated. Causing nausea; sickening.
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