- Qualm is defined as a feeling of doubt or sickness.
Feeling nervous about accepting a new job is an example of a qualm.
He seems to have qualms about his job.
qualm definition by Webster's New World
- a sudden, brief feeling of sickness, faintness, or nausea
- a sudden feeling of uneasiness or doubt; misgiving
- a twinge of conscience; scruple
Origin: Middle English qualme ; from Old English cwealm, death, disaster (akin to German qual, pain, Swedish kvalm, nausea) ; from base of cwellan, to kill (see quell): all extant senses show melioration of the origin, originally meaning
qualm definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A sudden feeling of sickness, faintness, or nausea.
- A sudden disturbing feeling: qualms of homesickness.
- An uneasy feeling about the propriety or rightness of a course of action.
Origin: Origin unknown.
- qualmˈish adjective
- qualmˈish·ly adverb