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.

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

Synonyms for queasy

3. upset, troubled, anxious, worried.
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Historical Examples of queasy

  • Something indefinable, a queasy feeling, took Beardsley about the middle.

  • But midway the eighteenth century they were not so queasy–stomached.

    Tobias Smollett

    Oliphant Smeaton

  • She turned ashen about the mouth, and a queasy feeling sickened her.

  • It was like pressing upon a queasy invalid the sweets which had made him sick.

    Rest Harrow

    Maurice Hewlett

  • Sir John waited at his hotel for Queasy, who had promised to call to let him know when the ladies f would go to Tunbridge.

British Dictionary definitions for queasy


adjective -sier or -siest

having the feeling that one is about to vomit; nauseous
feeling or causing uneasinessa queasy conscience
Derived Formsqueasily, adverbqueasiness, noun

Word Origin for queasy

C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for queasy

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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queasy in Medicine



Experiencing nausea.
Easily nauseated.
Causing nausea; sickening.
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