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  1. fastidious or dainty.

  2. easily shocked by anything slightly immodest; prudish.

  1. excessively particular or scrupulous as to the moral aspect of things.

  2. easily nauseated or disgusted: to get squeamish at the sight of blood.

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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Other words from squeamish

  • squeam·ish·ly, adverb
  • squeam·ish·ness, noun
  • o·ver·squeam·ish, adjective
  • o·ver·squeam·ish·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·squeam·ish·ness, noun
  • un·squeam·ish, adjective
  • un·squeam·ish·ly, adverb
  • un·squeam·ish·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for squeamish


/ (ˈskwiːmɪʃ) /

  1. easily sickened or nauseated, as by the sight of blood

  2. easily shocked; fastidious or prudish

  1. easily frightened: squeamish about spiders

Origin of squeamish

C15: from Anglo-French escoymous, of unknown origin

Derived forms of squeamish

  • squeamishly, adverb
  • squeamishness, noun

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