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[ kwee-zee ]
/ ˈkwi zi /

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.

Nearby words

qubba, qubit, qubyte, que., quean, queasy, quebec, quebec city, quebecer, quebecker, quebracho
Also especially British, quea·zy.

Origin of queasy

1425–75; late Middle English qweysy, coisi, of uncertain origin
3 upset, troubled, anxious, worried.
Related formsquea·si·ly, adverbquea·si·ness, noun
Can be confusedquasi queasy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for queazy

  • No queazy stirring in the pit of his belly for lack of gravity, no forced squinting because of muscular re-orientation.

    The Black Tide|Arthur G. Stangland
  • I would think, Sirs, that you should rather blame the queazy state of Pranzo's stomach.

British Dictionary definitions for queazy


/ (ˈkwiːzɪ) /

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for queazy



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for queazy



Experiencing nausea.
Easily nauseated.
Causing nausea; sickening.
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