I'm searching for a word that explains 'yuck' expression of mine. I mean it's not that there is fear. Nor do I dislike...but it's something like 'yuck!'

For example, if I see a worm, I get irritated. I am not scared of it but it's something like I may throw up.

Disgusting is pretty close but not sure if there's any better word to describe my feeling.

It happens when I see a worm, or filthy place, or a cockroach...and so on.

Question is: I'm not afraid of worms, but I just feel _________.

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    How about nauseated.
    – James
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 10:43
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    There is a sticker called "Mister Yuck" which people place on toxic home cleaning products that are typically stored under the kitchen sink here in the US. It shows a caricature of a face that looks as if it has just eaten something foul and disgusting. The sticker is supposed to discourage toddlers from getting the idea that what is inside these containers is tasty. They should find the idea of tasting it revolting. You feel revolted when you see worms.
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 10:50
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    What makes you think disgusted isn't the "best" word for your context? Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 11:51
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    But English is not your mother tongue! Just because what you think of as the equivalent of disgusting in your language has unwanted associations doesn't mean you should extend that "problem" to the English term itself. Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 15:08
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    How about icky: "3. very distasteful; disgusting"?
    – user3169
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 18:49

4 Answers 4


to gross someone out:

If something grosses you out, it makes you feel disgusted.

The following is your example slightly reworked:

It's not that I'm afraid of worms or anything like that, it's just that all creepy-crawly things really gross me out.

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    We should point out that if great-grandma or great-grandpa were to say it grosses me out, it would sound a little funny. It is the teen slang of the 1970s.
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 12:15
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo, Thanks for that valuable piece of information, but I didn't know that it was a relatively new expression. Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 12:37
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    "grossed out" would fill in the blank.
    – Jasper
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 21:04
  • gross me out is really close! +1 already!
    – Maulik V
    Commented Jul 25, 2018 at 5:23

Question is: I'm not afraid of worms, but I just feel _________.


  • to feel yucky is to feel unwell (sick in AmE, ill in BrE)

  • makes me feel yucky= I guess disgust could make someone feel unwell.

In which case, yucky would work for you.

"I felt yucky after eating all that cake."

: repugnant, distasteful; also : unpleasant, disagreeable felt yucky a yucky chore

feel yucky in Merriam Webster


If you literally feel like you "may throw up", you feel "nauseous".

(James posted a similar comment.)

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