Definition of nauseous in US English:

nauseous

adjective

  • 1Affected with nausea; inclined to vomit.

    ‘a rancid, cloying odor that made him nauseous’
    • ‘And there are some patients who are not in pain at all, but still want euthanasia, because they are weak, constantly tired, nauseous, or breathless.’
    • ‘He felt nauseous and depressed, awash on a stormy, bilious sea of confusion, misunderstanding, and despair.’
    • ‘I feel sick and nauseous, but now I try not to remember why.’
    • ‘I have a killer headache and I'm getting nauseous.’
    • ‘‘They said they were feeling dizzy and nauseous,’ she says.’
    • ‘We invariably travelled on some clapped-out smelly bus that made us nauseous with the diesel fumes.’
    • ‘Plus, she had been feeling queasy and nauseous.’
    • ‘I suddenly feel very hot… and worse, very nauseous.’
    • ‘So I am fat and pasty, constantly nauseous and frequently sick.’
    • ‘My aunt said Grandma was nauseous, so I wanted to give her some space and went outside again, taking the opportunity to shoot more photos.’
    • ‘I've watched a couple of episodes, and they both made me nauseous.’
    • ‘A nauseous feeling came over me and I vomited blood.’
    • ‘Nurse says it's a good sign that Peter's not nauseous.’
    • ‘All I can remember is feeling slightly nauseous.’
    • ‘Even the smell of it makes me slightly nauseous.’
    • ‘The air seemed absolutely dead yesterday; I felt nauseous whenever I ventured outdoors and seriously struggled to breathe.’
    • ‘My temperature feels like it's all over the place, I'm exhausted, headachy, feeling slightly nauseous at times and I have the serious shakes.’
    • ‘‘I woke up on Sunday morning and I was feeling ok, but after I had my breakfast I started feeling a bit nauseous,’ Anderson said.’
    • ‘A day later I became nauseous, was vomiting, and I started bumping into the wall - I couldn't walk straight.’
    • ‘He had felt nauseous, wanted to vomit and, most distressing, felt he was ‘going mad’ and about to die.’
    • ‘But being bombarded with product messages makes me nauseous.’
    • ‘At least I haven't been feeling as nauseous these last few days.’
    sick, nauseated, queasy, bilious, sick to one's stomach, green, green about the gills, green at the gills, ill, unwell, bad
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  • 2Causing nausea; offensive to the taste or smell.

    ‘the smell was nauseous’
    • ‘The bonfires can be seen burning at various times throughout the day and night, with the resulting nauseous effluvia blowing towards the two local schools and several housing estates.’
    • ‘The air around him was heavy with the sickly-sour, nauseous smell of formaldehyde.’
    • ‘It wasn't that he was afraid of blood, on the contrary, but too much blood, exposed organs, and raw flesh with that nauseous stench could already make him sick.’
    • ‘Those who remain loyal to Franklin survive on nauseous lichen scraped from the arctic rocks, or by boiling their own boots; others resort to cannibalism.’
    • ‘‘I'm Emma,’ said I, feeling the grip of nauseous embarrassment washing over me.’
    unpalatable, unsavoury, unappetizing, inedible, disgusting, sickening, nauseating, horrible, horrid
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    1. 2.1 Disgusting, repellent, or offensive.
      ‘this nauseous account of a court case’
      • ‘It has every predictable, nauseous feel-good film cliche in it.’
      sickening, nauseating, stomach-turning, stomach-churning, emetic, sickly
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Usage

See nauseate

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin nauseosus (from nausea ‘seasickness’).

Pronunciation