This woman is feeling queasy.
- If you feel like you need to throw up, this is an example of a time when you feel queasy.
- If you are nervous about giving a speech in front of your class, this is an example of a time when you feel queasy about giving a speech.
- causing nausea
- affected with nausea
- squeamish; qualmish; easily nauseated or disgusted
- causing or feeling discomfort; uneasy
- Archaic difficult to please; fastidious
- Archaic troublous; hazardous
Origin of queasyLate Middle English qwesye from Germanic echoic base, as in Low German dialect, dialectal quesen, to grumble, grouse
adjectivequea·si·er, quea·si·est, also quea·zi·er quea·zi·est
- Experiencing nausea; nauseated.
- Easily nauseated.
- Causing nausea; sickening: the queasy lurch of an airplane during a storm.
- a. Causing uneasiness.b. Uneasy; troubled.
- a. Easily troubled.b. Ill at ease; squeamish: “He is not queasy about depicting mass violence, in some circumstances, as a legitimate instrument of social transformation” ( Shaul Bakhash )
Origin of queasyMiddle English coisy perhaps of Scandinavian origin
(comparative queasier, superlative queasiest)
From Middle English coysy, possibly from Old Norse kveisa (“boil") (> Norwegian kveise/kvise), perhaps influenced by Anglo-Norman queisier, from Old French coisier (“to wound, hurt, make uneasy").