Definition of qualm in English:

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Pronunciation: /kwɑːm/
Pronunciation: /kwɔːm/


1An uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, especially about one’s own conduct; a misgiving: military regimes generally have no qualms about controlling the press
More example sentences
  • The advertising companies, currently employed by the parties, have no qualms about emotional manipulation.
  • Its Sunday so I have no qualms about posting a slow boring post, if you're reading this today then you're probably bored too.
  • Avex officials say young people have no qualms about copying and distributing music.
misgiving, doubt, reservation, second thought, worry, concern, anxiety;
(qualms) hesitation, hesitance, hesitancy, demur, reluctance, disinclination, apprehension, trepidation, disquiet, disquietude, unease, uneasiness
scruple, pang of conscience, twinge of conscience/remorse;
(qualms) compunction, remorse
1.1 archaic A momentary faint or sick feeling.
Example sentences
  • ‘I had a momentary qualm when I was told that the plane was something called a Yak, but it delivered me in time to review the papers on Today’.
  • He was suddenly surprised to experience a sudden qualm of deep and genuine regret.
  • There are many people who do many right things under the influence of sickness, affliction, death in the family, public calamities or a sudden qualm of conscience.



Pronunciation: /ˈkwɑːmɪʃ/ Pronunciation: /ˈkwɔːmɪʃ/
Example sentences
  • I was qualmish on Saturday, and for a minute sick, but pretty comfortable on Sunday, though wearied by the constant pitching and rolling.
  • During this ascent Mr. Glaisher's hands became quite blue, and he experienced a qualmish sensation in the brain and stomach, resembling the approach of sea-sickness.
  • He had not been seated ten minutes before Dick Blatchford drifted in, smoking a black cigar that gave Keith a slight qualmish feeling.


Early 16th century (in the sense 'momentary sick feeling'): perhaps related to Old English cw(e)alm 'pain', of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with qualm

alarm, arm, Bairam, balm, barm, becalm, calm, charm, embalm, farm, forearm, Guam, harm, imam, ma'am, malm, Montcalm, Notre-Dame, palm, psalm, salaam, smarm

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