Definition of squeamish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskwiːmɪʃ/


1Easily made to feel sick or disgusted: I’ve always been squeamish about bugs
More example sentences
  • Oddly, eating meat didn't make me feel squeamish or sick.
  • The squeamish and easily offended will find a lot to complain about, but what's new?
  • Most Africans have a very close relationship with the land, even the city people, who are squeamish about bugs and scared to death of gorillas.
easily nauseated, nervous;
(be squeamish about) be put off by, cannot stand the sight of, … makes one feel sick
1.1Having fastidious moral views; scrupulous: she was not squeamish about using her social influence in support of her son
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  • Is it that the United States has grown more moral in the last 50 years - or, depending on your point of view, more squeamish?
  • In their boasts, dissidents are lady-killers; in their writings, they are squeamish, priggish, and prudish.
  • What interrogation tactics would make both the FBI and the CIA squeamish about their field officers' participation?
scrupulous, principled, conscientious, fastidious, particular, punctilious, finicky, fussy, prissy, prudish, strait-laced, honourable, upright, upstanding, high-minded, righteous, right-minded, moral, ethical
informal pernickety



Example sentences
  • Carl Zimmer describes in his squeamishly gripping book Parasite Rex how, eventually, the barnacle fills the entire carapace of the crab, which becomes, in effect, a zombie.
  • These creatures are not just squeamishly gross, but also a very real health threat.
  • You squeamishly go looking for a quiet spot behind a bush to do your thing.


Pronunciation: /ˈskwiːmɪʃnəs/
Example sentences
  • By failing to make these distinctions (though you'll perhaps understand our squeamishness when it comes to these sorts of details), we've made the world seem like a much nastier and more dangerous place than it is.
  • But beyond puritanical squeamishness - and the native instinct of all bureaucracies to create policies upon policies - employers have good reason to outlaw porn.
  • Researcher Nathaniel Fried at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Balti said men should overcome their squeamishness and opt for a vasectomy - a far cheaper and safer operation than female sterilization.


Late Middle English: alteration of dialect squeamous, from Anglo-Norman French escoymos, of unknown origin.

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