qualm
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /kwɑm/, /kwɔm/, /kwɑlm/
  • (RP) IPA: /kwɑːm/, /kwɔːm/
Noun

qualm (plural qualms)

  1. A feeling of apprehension, doubt, fear etc. [from 16th c.]
  2. A sudden sickly feeling; queasiness. [from 16th c.]
  3. A prick of the conscience; a moral scruple, a pang of guilt. (Now often in negative constructions.) [from 17th c.]
    This lawyer has no qualms about saving people who are on the wrong side of the law.
  4. (archaic, UK dialectal) Mortality; plague; pestilence.
  5. (archaic, UK dialectal) A calamity or disaster.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: mal-estar
  • Russian: тошнота́
Translations Verb

qualm (qualms, present participle qualming; past and past participle qualmed)

  1. (intransitive) To have a sickly feeling.



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