nausea

When you feel like you might throw up, that's nausea. I know you're feeling sea sick, but if our boat sinks, nausea will be the least of your problems.

Nausea gets its root from the Greek word for ship, naus, so it might have originally meant sea sickness in particular. Remembering this origin might help you spell nausea correctly too, since it ends with “sea.” But nausea can strike on dry land just as well, from eating the wrong thing, catching the flu, reading on a moving bus . . . just thinking of it all makes me sick to my stomach.

Definitions of nausea
1

n the state that precedes vomiting

Synonyms:
sickness
Types:
show 6 types...
hide 6 types...
kinetosis, motion sickness
the state of being dizzy or nauseated because of the motions that occur while traveling in or on a moving vehicle
morning sickness
nausea early in the day; a characteristic symptom in the early months of pregnancy
qualm, queasiness, squeamishness
a mild state of nausea
air sickness, airsickness
motion sickness experienced while traveling by air (especially during turbulence)
car sickness
motion sickness experienced while traveling in a car
mal de mer, naupathia, seasickness
motion sickness experienced while traveling on water
Type of:
symptom
(medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease

n disgust so strong it makes you feel sick

Type of:
disgust
strong feelings of dislike

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.