queasy

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From Middle English coysy, possibly from Old Norse kveisa (boil) ( > Norwegian kveise/kvise), perhaps influenced by Anglo-Norman queisier, from Old French coisier (to wound, hurt, make uneasy).

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queasy (comparative queasier, superlative queasiest)

  1. Experiencing or causing nausea or uneasiness, often characterized by an unsettled stomach.
    • 1999, Lucy Honig, The Truly Needy And Other Stories, University of Pittsburgh Press (→ISBN), page 75:
      She was in the middle of a gigantic breakfast of coffee and piles of toast, eggs and bacon and a tall glass of milk. It made him queasy to see all that food.
  2. Easily troubled; squeamish.

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