squeamish

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Etymology[edit]

Unclear origin. One hypothesis states it is an alteration of earlier squeamous, substituting -ous with -ish, from Anglo-Norman escoymous.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈskwiːmɪʃ/
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squeamish (comparative more squeamish, superlative most squeamish)

  1. Easily shocked, sickened or frightened; tending to be nauseated or nervous; oversensitive.
    He might have made a good doctor, had he not been so squeamish at the sight of blood.
  2. Averse or reluctant.

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