Definition of nauseous in US English:

nauseous

adjective

  • 1Affected with nausea; inclined to vomit.

    ‘a rancid, cloying odor that made him nauseous’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We invariably travelled on some clapped-out smelly bus that made us nauseous with the diesel fumes.’
    • ‘Nurse says it's a good sign that Peter's not nauseous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The air seemed absolutely dead yesterday; I felt nauseous whenever I ventured outdoors and seriously struggled to breathe.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A day later I became nauseous, was vomiting, and I started bumping into the wall - I couldn't walk straight.’
    • ‘I feel sick and nauseous, but now I try not to remember why.’
    • ‘So I am fat and pasty, constantly nauseous and frequently sick.’
    • ‘Even the smell of it makes me slightly nauseous.’
    • ‘At least I haven't been feeling as nauseous these last few days.’
    • ‘I've watched a couple of episodes, and they both made me nauseous.’
    • ‘Plus, she had been feeling queasy and nauseous.’
    • ‘All I can remember is feeling slightly nauseous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I suddenly feel very hot… and worse, very nauseous.’
    • ‘‘They said they were feeling dizzy and nauseous,’ she says.’
    • ‘A nauseous feeling came over me and I vomited blood.’
    • ‘He felt nauseous and depressed, awash on a stormy, bilious sea of confusion, misunderstanding, and despair.’
    • ‘I have a killer headache and I'm getting nauseous.’
    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 air around him was heavy with the sickly-sour, nauseous smell of formaldehyde.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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