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[kwee-zee] /ˈkwi zi/
adjective, queasier, queasiest.
inclined to or feeling nausea, as the stomach, a person, etc.; nauseous; nauseated.
tending to cause nausea; nauseating.
uneasy or uncomfortable, as feelings, the conscience, etc.
squeamish; excessively fastidious.
Also, especially British, queazy.
Origin of queasy
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English qweysy, coisi, of uncertain origin
Related forms
queasily, adverb
queasiness, noun
Can be confused
quasi, queasy.
3. upset, troubled, anxious, worried. Unabridged
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  • He rises at ten o'clock to a queasy breakfast by candlelight, and proceeds to composition.

  • Something indefinable, a queasy feeling, took Beardsley about the middle.

    We're Friends, Now Henry Hasse
  • Many a man thus begins the great voyage with queasy sensibilities, and ends it a cannibal.

  • She turned ashen about the mouth, and a queasy feeling sickened her.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • The time is gone by when men, or women either, were too qualmish and too queasy to admit the truth even to themselves.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for queasy


adjective -sier, -siest
having the feeling that one is about to vomit; nauseous
feeling or causing uneasiness: a queasy conscience
Derived Forms
queasily, adverb
queasiness, noun
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for queasy

mid-15c., kyse, coysy, of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse kveisa "boil," perhaps influenced by Anglo-French queisier, from Old French coisier "to wound, hurt, make uneasy," which seems to be from the same Germanic root as kveisa. But the history is obscure and evidences of development are wanting. Related: Queasily; queasiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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queasy in Medicine

queasy quea·sy or quea·zy (kwē'zē)
adj. quea·si·er or quea·zi·er, quea·si·est or quea·zi·est

  1. Experiencing nausea; nauseated.

  2. Easily nauseated.

  3. Causing nausea; sickening.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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queasy in Technology

An early system on the IBM 701.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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