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.
- 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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How to use squeamish in a sentence
As a former vegetarian, I’m still squeamish about eating living things.I Tried Lab-Grown Fish Maw. Here's Why It Could Help Save Our Oceans | Amy Gunia/Hong Kong | September 17, 2021 | Time
If you’re still a bit squeamish, you could follow Wynne’s recipes for her preserves and apply the water-bath method for processing them.I found an old-school technique to conquer my jam fears. Then I tried to figure out if it’s safe. | Charlotte Druckman | August 26, 2021 | Washington Post
The second is that I am infamous for being un-squeamish in dining.Gene Weingarten: Would you like some Brood X with your Dom Pérignon? | Gene Weingarten | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Before visiting the Roselands’ ranch, Virginia was squeamish about the idea of shooting an animal, and nervous that her experience at gun ranges wouldn’t translate to safety in the field.How Non-Native Pheasants Protect American Biodiversity | Wes Siler | April 1, 2021 | Outside Online
If you’re someone who’s a bit squeamish about the feeling of raw eggs in your hand, perhaps it’s not for you.
None were squeamish about organising power to pursue their object.
Katy Perry as a squeamish conservative is a little hard to swallow.Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus Kiss, Break Up, Make Up | Amy Zimmerman | March 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Partisans are seldom over-squeamish about their choice of allies.
Linda Kasabian, a more recent and squeamish recruit, was left to stand guard at the gate.The Making of a Monster: Charles Manson’s Childhood | Wendy Smith | August 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Plenty of non-conservatives are squeamish about 20-plus-week abortions.Rep. Trent Franks: Just Another Idiot When It Comes to Abortion | Michelle Cottle | June 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet so squeamish did he become when once the official mantle had descended upon his shoulders, that even the exclamations “lud!”A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
Even for the most squeamish the discomforts of the voyage lay behind.The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
Had you not been so over squeamish you might have changed the children, and made your own son the heir of the Moncton.The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I | Susanna Moodie
Those who are responsible are squeamish as to the appearance of delicacy in the conduct of a young girl.The Wayfarers | Mary Stewart Cutting
True humanity consists not in a squeamish ear, but in listening to the story of human suffering and endeavoring to relieve it.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4 | American Anti-Slavery Society
British Dictionary definitions for squeamish
easily sickened or nauseated, as by the sight of blood
easily shocked; fastidious or prudish
easily frightened: squeamish about spiders
- squeamishly, adverb
- squeamishness, noun
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