Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A feeling of sickness in the stomach characterized by an urge to vomit. See Usage Note at nauseous.
  • n. Strong aversion; disgust.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A feeling of physical unwellness, usually with the desire to vomit.
  • n. Strong dislike or disgust.
  • n. seasickness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Seasickness; hence, any similar sickness of the stomach accompanied with a propensity to vomit; qualm; squeamishness of the stomach; loathing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Seasickness; hence, any sensation of impending vomiting; qualm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state that precedes vomiting
  • n. disgust so strong it makes you feel sick

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek nautiā, nausiē, seasickness, from nautēs, sailor, from naus, ship; see nāu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He wants "to feel the deep heat beating into his body, feel the body itself, reclaim the body from what he called the nausea of News and Traffic."

    Slate Magazine

  • This is what he wanted, to feel the deep heat beating into his body, feel the body itself, reclaim the body from what he called the nausea of News and Traffic.

    Excerpt: Point Omega by Don DeLillo

  • The trip involves a full day on the water, in nausea-making conditions.

    Susan Casey - An interview with author

  • Continued exposure to CO may result in nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances and difficulty in concentrating.

    Carbon Monoxide

  • Soon after, Mendoza says he was given pills that resulted in nausea and diarrhea.

    Man alleges assault, unwanted pills at Narconon facility

  • Another thing that helps with my nausea is to always keep a little bit of food in my tummy even if I just puked, and the best thing I can stomach is pre-canned chocolate slim-fast.

    Pregnancy. Sucks. | Her Bad Mother

  • In fact, I feel my nausea from the last attempt vanishing again so next month I will give Paul another chance.

    Are There Any SF/F Books You Could Not Finish?

  • Your nausea is caused by your hormones building up in your liver and overflowing into your blood stream (yay! lots of hormones, blah, blah, blah, hearty embryo, etc).

    Knocked Up And Knocked Down | Her Bad Mother

  • [Link] Microfilm nausea is a well-documented ailment, and one that will remain with us until the last roll is digitized, and the last bulb burns out.

    Genealogy Can Be Nauseating

  • According to CNN on October 19, being infected with the intestinal form of anthrax results in "nausea, lack of appetite, and fever."

    Coping Strategies

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