squeamishness

squeamish

[skwee-mish]
adjective
1.
fastidious or dainty.
2.
easily shocked by anything slightly immodest; prudish.
3.
excessively particular or scrupulous as to the moral aspect of things.
4.
easily nauseated or disgusted: to get squeamish at the sight of blood.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English squemish, alteration (conformed to -ish1) of squemes, squaymes, alteration of squaymous < Anglo-French escoymous; ulterior origin uncertain

squeamishly, adverb
squeamishness, noun
oversqueamish, adjective
oversqueamishly, adverb
oversqueamishness, noun
unsqueamish, adjective
unsqueamishly, adverb
unsqueamishness, noun


1. modest. 3. finical, finicky, delicate, exacting.


1–3. bold.
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squeamish (ˈskwiːmɪʃ)
 
adj
1.  easily sickened or nauseated, as by the sight of blood
2.  easily shocked; fastidious or prudish
3.  easily frightened: squeamish about spiders
 
[C15: from Anglo-French escoymous, of unknown origin]
 
'squeamishly
 
adv
 
'squeamishness
 
n

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squeamish
mid-15c., variant of squoymous "disdainful, fastidious" (c.1300), from Anglo-Fr. *escoymous, which is of unknown origin.
"He was somdel squaymous
Of fartyng, and of speche daungerous"
[Chaucer, "Miller's Tale," c.1386]
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