Definition of queasy in English:



  • 1Nauseous; feeling sick:

    ‘in the morning he was still pale and queasy’
    • ‘Many people have experienced the roll of a boat on a rough body of water - along with a queasy stomach and uneasy legs.’
    • ‘I remember one particularly rough whale-watching trip where everyone felt queasy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If bouncing around on a tour bus or swaying on deck leaves you feeling queasy, pack ginger capsules in your alternative travel kit.’
    • ‘‘It made me a bit queasy, as these things tend to do,’ he said.’
    • ‘She gets sick in cars and queasy whenever she steps on board a boat.’
    • ‘She always felt slightly queasy before take off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘William was driving nine-year-old Emma to Windsor Castle for the day when they stopped the car because the youngster felt queasy.’
    • ‘To prevent that queasy feeling, skip acidic foods like tomatoes and orange juice if your stomach is empty.’
    • ‘Strong smells can push a slightly queasy stomach over the edge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I get queasy just thinking about school lunches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I felt queasy half way through, but soldiered on.’
    • ‘I was reading my book for the first 45 min or so, and when I looked up I felt terribly queasy.’
    • ‘It's enough to make even a veteran traveler a little queasy.’
    • ‘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.’
    nauseous, nauseated, bilious, sick
    seasick, carsick, trainsick, airsick, travel-sick, suffering from motion sickness, suffering from altitude sickness
    ill, unwell, poorly, bad, out of sorts, dizzy, peaky, liverish, green about the gills
    off, off colour
    sick to one's stomach
    funny, peculiar, rough, lousy, rotten, awful, terrible, dreadful, crummy
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    1. 1.1 Inducing a feeling of nausea:
      ‘the queasy swell of the boat’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He expends all his energies reacting to the incessant, queasy lurch of the metallic object confining his limbs.’
      • ‘Whatever the size of the vessel, there is little worse when at sea than those disconcerting and queasy rolling motions.’
      • ‘The Mir slowed, then stopped, rising and falling on a queasy swell.’
      • ‘Still, without all that queasy motion, there would not be much to the film to make any kind of lasting impression.’
    2. 1.2 Slightly nervous or worried about something.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps everyone is queasy about ‘brand’ being applied to the non-commercial?’
      • ‘But as the issue moved forward, the market became queasy.’
      • ‘The only people who felt queasy about this courtly ritual were the impressionable, faint-hearted administrators of British tennis.’
      • ‘He opposed Nixon's widening of the war to Cambodia and was queasy about any strategy that did not involve ‘de-Americanising’ the war.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bethany had felt energized before the meet, but now she felt nervous and queasy.’
      • ‘Startups need people who won't get queasy when times are rough, he says.’
      • ‘The work combines a fourth-form puerility with a satirical current, one that leaves the viewer slightly queasy.’
      • ‘Yet, for all that, it was hard not to feel slightly queasy about the prospects for the remainder of the Scottish season.’
      • ‘I felt a little queasy about doing so because I thought, ‘Oh, what is somebody going to read into this?’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Was I the only one that felt slightly queasy at the thought of Kenyon taking the moral high ground?’
      • ‘Odd how one can agree with so much of the detail of a book, while feeling slightly queasy about its broader perspective.’
      • ‘‘I still hadn't had any children and had always been queasy about the idea,’ she said.’
      • ‘But diplomats in Kinshasa are beginning to sound queasy.’
      • ‘All of which makes me feel slightly queasy and disinclined to buy so much as a new face cloth.’


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