Definition of qualm noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kwɑːm//
; NAmE NAmE//kwɑːm//
; BrE BrE//kwɔːm//
; NAmE NAmE//kwɔːm//
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[usually plural] qualm (about something) a feeling of doubt or worry about whether what you are doing is right synonym misgiving He had been working very hard so he had no qualms about taking a few days off. She left her husband and children without a qualm. Word Originearly 16th cent. (in the sense ‘momentary sick feeling’): perhaps related to Old English cw(e)alm ‘pain’, of Germanic origin.
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