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


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)


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