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squeamish

[ skwee-mish ]
/ ˈskwi mɪʃ /
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adjective

fastidious or dainty.
easily shocked by anything slightly immodest; prudish.
excessively particular or scrupulous as to the moral aspect of things.
easily nauseated or disgusted: to get squeamish at the sight of blood.

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Origin of squeamish

First recorded in 1450–1500; late Middle English squaymysch, squaimish(e), alteration of squemes, squaymes, squaimous, squaymous “easily nauseated, nauseating, fastidious,” from Anglo-French escoimus, escoymous; further origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for squeamish

squeamish
/ (ˈskwiːmɪʃ) /

adjective

easily sickened or nauseated, as by the sight of blood
easily shocked; fastidious or prudish
easily frightenedsqueamish about spiders

Derived forms of squeamish

squeamishly, adverbsqueamishness, noun

Word Origin for squeamish

C15: from Anglo-French escoymous, of unknown origin
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