Definition of queasy in English:


adjectivequeasiest, queasier

  • 1Nauseous; feeling sick.

    ‘in the morning he was still pale and queasy’
    • ‘The train journey was filled with little aggravating child noises and I was sitting in the wrong direction so arrive in LA feeling queasy and dizzy.’
    • ‘I remember one particularly rough whale-watching trip where everyone felt queasy.’
    • ‘If bouncing around on a tour bus or swaying on deck leaves you feeling queasy, pack ginger capsules in your alternative travel kit.’
    • ‘She gets sick in cars and queasy whenever she steps on board a boat.’
    • ‘I get queasy just thinking about school lunches.’
    • ‘‘It made me a bit queasy, as these things tend to do,’ he said.’
    • ‘Like most highly addictive substances, at first you're left feeling slightly queasy but once you get the taste, they soon become the centre of your universe.’
    • ‘His TV Dinner was a feast of curiosities enmeshed with the everyday, a meal that leaves one feeling slightly queasy, even overstuffed, but eager for more.’
    • ‘Whatever approach you take, when you're feeling even slightly queasy, the fresh air and steadier view on deck is preferable to being down below in a damp, stuffy cabin.’
    • ‘I was reading my book for the first 45 min or so, and when I looked up I felt terribly queasy.’
    • ‘William was driving nine-year-old Emma to Windsor Castle for the day when they stopped the car because the youngster felt queasy.’
    • ‘Many people have experienced the roll of a boat on a rough body of water - along with a queasy stomach and uneasy legs.’
    • ‘He worked normally at Chequers on Saturday and felt fine when he hosted a monthly dinner there, but felt queasy on Sunday morning and a doctor was called.’
    • ‘Strong smells can push a slightly queasy stomach over the edge.’
    • ‘It's enough to make even a veteran traveler a little queasy.’
    • ‘Nine out of ten women said their partner was a big help during the birth, with only 14 per cent of men feeling queasy, ten per cent leaving the room for fresh air and one per cent passing out.’
    • ‘She always felt slightly queasy before take off.’
    • ‘To prevent that queasy feeling, skip acidic foods like tomatoes and orange juice if your stomach is empty.’
    • ‘I felt queasy half way through, but soldiered on.’
    • ‘Towards the end of the time that I was spraying with Metasystox, I began to feel queasy, a bit sick and would be starting a headache which became very bad and which, even after taking paracetamol would not clear up.’
    nauseous, nauseated, bilious, sick
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    1. 1.1 Inducing a feeling of nausea.
      ‘the queasy swell of the boat’
      • ‘Whatever the size of the vessel, there is little worse when at sea than those disconcerting and queasy rolling motions.’
      • ‘Under Kevin Sutley's direction, this production finds a queasy pace, coloured as much by the insane bingeing on stage as the emotional minefield it traverses.’
      • ‘Still, without all that queasy motion, there would not be much to the film to make any kind of lasting impression.’
      • ‘He expends all his energies reacting to the incessant, queasy lurch of the metallic object confining his limbs.’
      • ‘The Mir slowed, then stopped, rising and falling on a queasy swell.’
    2. 1.2 Slightly nervous or worried about something.
      • ‘Yet, for all that, it was hard not to feel slightly queasy about the prospects for the remainder of the Scottish season.’
      • ‘The work combines a fourth-form puerility with a satirical current, one that leaves the viewer slightly queasy.’
      • ‘Odd how one can agree with so much of the detail of a book, while feeling slightly queasy about its broader perspective.’
      • ‘Was I the only one that felt slightly queasy at the thought of Kenyon taking the moral high ground?’
      • ‘‘I still hadn't had any children and had always been queasy about the idea,’ she said.’
      • ‘I felt a little queasy about doing so because I thought, ‘Oh, what is somebody going to read into this?’’
      • ‘Ishiguro's latest work, Never Let Me Go, presents a portrait of a fictional English boarding school that seems idyllic but leaves us rather queasy.’
      • ‘The only people who felt queasy about this courtly ritual were the impressionable, faint-hearted administrators of British tennis.’
      • ‘All of which makes me feel slightly queasy and disinclined to buy so much as a new face cloth.’
      • ‘That queasy feeling of disillusionment is a universal one says Schmidt; one that makes this particular play accessible for audiences on a very personal level.’
      • ‘Startups need people who won't get queasy when times are rough, he says.’
      • ‘But I feel queasy about the shortness of those sentences. when you consider the length that, for an example, an abused woman might get for killing her abusive husband.’
      • ‘Bethany had felt energized before the meet, but now she felt nervous and queasy.’
      • ‘I have come to appreciate what they were trying to do a little more now that I am a ‘mature’ adult, but I still get a little queasy every time I hear it.’
      • ‘Perhaps everyone is queasy about ‘brand’ being applied to the non-commercial?’
      • ‘But diplomats in Kinshasa are beginning to sound queasy.’
      • ‘Granted, so much of the stuff that filters into the air from the mouths of both sets of these supporters when they are in opposition to one another does induce a queasy feeling.’
      • ‘He opposed Nixon's widening of the war to Cambodia and was queasy about any strategy that did not involve ‘de-Americanising’ the war.’
      • ‘With those of us who revere books as artistic products, the thought of these windows into other worlds being business commodities, as marketable as a new brand of toothpaste, makes us a little queasy.’
      • ‘But as the issue moved forward, the market became queasy.’


Late Middle English queisy, coisy ‘causing nausea’, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old French coisier ‘to hurt’.