n 1: a mild state of nausea [syn: queasiness, squeamishness, qualm] 2: the trait of being excessively fastidious and easily shocked; "the program was withdrawn because of the squeamishness of some viewers"; "he refused to allow squeamishness to deter him from his duty"
Squeamish 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.