queasy (adj.) mid-15c., coysy, possibly from O.N. kveisa "boil," perhaps influenced by Anglo-Fr. queisier, from O.Fr. coisier "to wound, hurt, make uneasy," from the same Germanic root as kveisa. But history is obscure and evidences of development are wanting.

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  • Queasy — Quea sy, a. [Icel. kweisa pain; cf. Norw. kveis sickness after a debauch.] 1. Sick at the stomach; affected with nausea; inclined to vomit; qualmish. [1913 Webster] 2. Fastidious; squeamish; delicate; easily disturbed; unsettled; ticklish. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • queasy — [adj] not feeling well; not comfortable anxious, bilious, concerned, fidgety, green around gills*, groggy, ill, ill at ease, indisposed, nauseated, pukish, qualmish, queer, restless, rocky*, sick, sick as a dog*, sickly, squeamish, troubled,… …   New thesaurus

  • queasy — ► ADJECTIVE (queasier, queasiest) 1) feeling sick; nauseous. 2) slightly nervous or uneasy. DERIVATIVES queasily adverb queasiness noun. ORIGIN perhaps related to Old French coisier to hurt …   English terms dictionary

  • queasy — [kwē′zē] adj. queasier, queasiest [Late ME qwesye < Gmc echoic base, as in LowG dial. quesen, to grumble, grouse] 1. causing nausea 2. affected with nausea 3. squeamish; qualmish; easily nauseated or disgusted 4. causing or feeling discomfort; …   English World dictionary

  • queasy — [[t]kwi͟ːzi[/t]] queasier, queasiest 1) ADJ GRADED If you feel queasy or if you have a queasy stomach, you feel rather ill, as if you are going to be sick. [INFORMAL] He was very prone to seasickness and already felt queasy. Derived words:… …   English dictionary

  • queasy — adj. uneasy queasy about (to feel queasy about smt.) * * * [ kwiːzɪ] [ uneasy ] queasy about (to feel queasy about smt.) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • queasy — quea|sy [ˈkwi:zi] adj 1.) feeling that you are going to ↑vomit ▪ The sea got rougher, and I began to feel queasy . 2.) AmE feeling uncomfortable because an action seems morally wrong queasy about ▪ Many Democrats felt queasy about the issue …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • queasy — UK [ˈkwiːzɪ] / US [ˈkwɪzɪ] adjective Word forms queasy : adjective queasy comparative queasier superlative queasiest feeling that you are going to vomit (= get rid of food from your stomach through your mouth) …   English dictionary

  • queasy — also queazy adjective (queasier; est) Etymology: Middle English coysy, qwesye Date: 15th century 1. a. causing nausea < queasy motion > b. suffering from nausea ; nauseated 2. full of doubt …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • queasy — adj. Queasy is used with these nouns: ↑feeling, ↑stomach …   Collocations dictionary

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