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From Latin nauseosus, corresponding to nausea + -ous.



nauseous (comparative more nauseous, superlative most nauseous)

  1. Causing nausea; sickening or disgusting.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, I:
      And then what proper person can be partial / To all those nauseous epigrams of Martial?
  2. (nonstandard) Afflicted with nausea; sick.
    • 2010, Tom Smith, The Guardian, 4 Sep 2010:
      Is it a myth that you shouldn't drink alcohol while taking antibiotics? I often do and haven't felt remotely nauseous.

Usage notes[edit]

While "nauseous" is often used to mean "afflicted with nausea", this is considered less correct than the first definition. The Elements of Style, for example, recommends not to "say 'I feel nauseous,' unless you are sure you have that effect on others."


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