This woman is very nauseous.
- A pregnant woman who feels as if she has to throw up all the time is an example of someone who may be nauseous.
- When the smell of rotting milk fills your home, this is an example of a nauseous odor.
- causing nausea; specif.,
- feeling nausea; nauseated: usage still objected to by some
Origin of nauseousClassical Latin nauseosus
- Causing nausea; sickening: “the most nauseous offal fit for the gods” (John Fowles).
- Usage Problem Affected with nausea.
(comparative more nauseous, superlative most nauseous)
While "nauseous" is often used to mean "afflicted with nausea", this is considered less correct than the first definition. The Elements of Style, for example, recommends not to "say 'I feel nauseous,' unless you are sure you have that effect on others."
From Latin nauseosus, corresponding to nausea + -ous.