squeamish

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Alteration of earlier squeamous, substituting -ous with -ish, from Old French coi.

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squeamish ‎(comparative more squeamish, superlative most squeamish)

  1. easily bothered or upset; tending to be nauseated or nervous; oversensitive
    He might have made a good doctor, had he not been so squeamish about the sight of blood.
  2. averse or reluctant

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