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[naw-shuh s, -zee-uh s] /ˈnɔ ʃəs, -zi əs/
affected with nausea; nauseated:
to feel nauseous.
causing nausea; sickening; nauseating.
disgusting; loathsome:
a nauseous display of greed.
Origin of nauseous
1595-1605; < Latin nauseōsus. See nausea, -ous
Related forms
nauseously, adverb
nauseousness, noun
Can be confused
nauseated, nauseous (see usage note at the current entry)
3. revolting, nasty, repellent, abhorrent, detestable, despicable, offensive.
3. delightful.
Usage note
The two literal senses of nauseous, “causing nausea” (a nauseous smell) and “affected with nausea” (to feel nauseous), appear in English at almost the same time in the early 17th century, and both senses are in standard use at the present time. Nauseous is more common than nauseated in the sense “affected with nausea,” despite recent objections by those who imagine the sense to be new. In the sense “causing nausea,” either literally or figuratively, nauseating has become more common than nauseous: a nauseating smell. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nauseous
  • In the dying days of 1826, the campaign of villification and slander reached nauseous heights.
  • She looks nauseous and disoriented; she can't answer the question.
  • After the marathon, she said she felt nauseous.
  • He had been at his post for several minutes when suddenly he became nauseous and dizzy.
  • Teachers allowed him to leave class when he felt nauseous.
  • I'm nauseous and queasy
  • In many cases, he declares, it may be a nauseous feeling induced by fumes and gases escaping from a leaky exhaust system.
  • Last night I felt nauseous.
  • It gave me a nauseous, spine-tingling chill.
  • I'm feeling a bit nauseous.
British Dictionary definitions for nauseous


/ˈnɔːzɪəs; -sɪ-/
feeling sick
causing nausea
distasteful to the mind or senses; repulsive
Derived Forms
nauseously, adverb
nauseousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nauseous

c.1600, "inclined to nausea, easily made queasy" (obsolete), from nausea + -ous. Sense of "causing nausea or squeamishness" is attested from 1610s. For distinction from nauseated see nauseate. Related: Nauseously; nauseousness.

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nauseous in Medicine

nauseous nau·seous (nô'shəs, -zē-əs)

  1. Causing nausea.

  2. Affected with nausea.

nau'seous·ly adv.
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