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Meaning of SQUEAMISH

Pronunciation:  'skweemish

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  excessively fastidious and easily disgusted; "too nice about his food to take to camp cooking"; "so squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow"
 

SQUEAMISH is a 9 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: dainty, fastidious, nice, overnice, prissy
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Squeam"ish\, a. [OE. squaimous, sweymous, probably
from OE. sweem, swem, dizziness, a swimming in the head; cf.
Icel. svemr a bustle, a stir, Norw. sveim a hovering about, a
sickness that comes upon one, Icel. svimi a giddiness, AS.
sw[=i]mi. The word has been perhaps confused witrh qualmish.
Cf. {Swim} to be dizzy.]
Having a stomach that is easily or nauseated; hence, nice to
excess in taste; fastidious; easily disgusted; apt to be
offended at trifling improprieties.

      Quoth he, that honor's very squeamish That takes a
      basting for a blemish.                   --Hudibras.

      His muse is rustic, and perhaps too plain The men of
      squeamish taste to entertain.            --Southern.

      So ye grow squeamish, Gods, and sniff at heaven. --M.
                                               Arnold.

Syn: Fastidious; dainty; overnice; scrupulous. See
     {Fastidious}. -- {Squeam"ish*ly}, adv. --
     {Squeam"ish*ness}, n.

 

 

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