Definition of queasy in English:


Syllabification: quea·sy
Pronunciation: /ˈkwēzē

adjective (queasier, queasiest)

  • 1Nauseated; feeling sick: in the morning he was still pale and queasy
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    • 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.
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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'.

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