Squeamish

Squeam"ish

(skwm"sh), a. [OE. squaimous, sweymous, probably from OE. sweem, swem, dizziness, a swimming in the head; cf. Icel. sveimr a bustle, a stir, Norw. sveim a hovering about, a sickness that comes upon one, Icel. svimi a giddiness, AS. swma. The word has been perhaps confused with qualmish. Cf. Swim to be dizzy.] Having a stomach that is easily turned or nauseated; hence, nice to excess in taste; fastidious; easily disgusted; apt to be offended at trifling improprieties.
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Quoth he, that honor's very squeamish
That takes a basting for a blemish.
Hudibras.
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His muse is rustic, and perhaps too plain
The men of squeamish taste to entertain.
Southern.
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So ye grow squeamish, Gods, and sniff at heaven.
M. Arnold.
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Syn. -- Fastidious; dainty; overnice; scrupulous. See Fastidious.
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-- Squeam"ish*ly, adv. -- Squeam"ish*ness, n.
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