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Definition of "squeamish" [squeam•ish]

  • Easily nauseated or sickened. (adjective)
  • Nauseated. (adjective)
  • Easily shocked or disgusted. (adjective)
  • Excessively fastidious or scrupulous. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "squeamish" in a sentence
  • "Yet rejection of DIY killing and eating pet animals is increasingly cast as "squeamish" - shirking a necessary evil like cleaning up vomit instead of shirking voluntary and unnecessary violence."
  • "I am more than a little squeamish, which is odd given my reading taste."
  • "Her own journey from a suburban childhood to college and a prestigious law school to urban hero in a relentless job that is admittedly not for the squeamish is a saga of dawning awareness of the dimensions of rape and what it has done to us as a society."