Definition of queasy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwēzē/

adjective (queasier, queasiest)

1Nauseated; feeling sick: in the morning he was still pale and queasy
More example sentences
  • She gets sick in cars and queasy whenever she steps on board a boat.
  • Towards the end of the time that I was spraying with Metasystox, I began to feel queasy, a bit sick and would be starting a headache which became very bad and which, even after taking paracetamol would not clear up.
  • The train journey was filled with little aggravating child noises and I was sitting in the wrong direction so arrive in LA feeling queasy and dizzy.
1.1Inducing a feeling of nausea: the queasy swell of the boat
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  • He expends all his energies reacting to the incessant, queasy lurch of the metallic object confining his limbs.
  • Whatever the size of the vessel, there is little worse when at sea than those disconcerting and queasy rolling motions.
  • The Mir slowed, then stopped, rising and falling on a queasy swell.
1.2Slightly nervous or worried about something.
Example sentences
  • The work combines a fourth-form puerility with a satirical current, one that leaves the viewer slightly queasy.
  • Yet, for all that, it was hard not to feel slightly queasy about the prospects for the remainder of the Scottish season.
  • All of which makes me feel slightly queasy and disinclined to buy so much as a new face cloth.



Pronunciation: /-zəlē/
Example sentences
  • These theoretical fears are now queasily real.
  • To interject a personal note here, I eat meat, sometimes happily, sometimes queasily.
  • The road wends queasily from valley to valley, dipping and rising through dappled woodland.


Pronunciation: /ˈkwēzēnis/
Example sentences
  • Earlier this year Norwegian researchers found feelings of nausea and queasiness are due more to anxiety and depression than stomach problems.
  • My biggest concern was whether I was going to get seasick but the only queasiness I felt was on about day three, when we encountered sea-state seven, with swells up to 8m high bombarding the ship.
  • Many women struggle with queasiness, nausea or vomiting in early pregnancy.


Late Middle English queisy, coisy 'causing nausea', of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old French coisier 'to hurt'.

Words that rhyme with queasy

breezy, cheesy, easy, easy-peasy, Kesey, Parcheesi, sleazy, wheezy, Zambezi

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Syllabification: quea·sy

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