Last modified on 25 May 2014, at 18:44




Seemingly phonaesthetic, formed of squ- as in squeamish and -ick as in ick. Originated in the Usenet newsgroup; popularized primarily in the newsgroup alt.tasteless.



squick (plural squicks)

  1. (slang) A source of psychological discomfort.
    • 2002, Jo Leigh, Scent of a Woman, page 82,
      One man's turn-on is another's squick. But, if she chickened out now, the whole plan would fall apart.
    • 2004, Ken MacLeod, Newton's Wake: A Space Opera, page 88,
      We maintain, as you did in your time, the cultural squick about internal interfaces with networked machinery, and about data capture, for obvious reasons.


squick (third-person singular simple present squicks, present participle squicking, simple past and past participle squicked)

  1. (slang, transitive) To gross out, to disgust.
    • 2005, Russ Kick, Everything You Know about Sex Is Wrong, page 296,
      Queer men, on the other hand, insist on shoving our very own flesh up each other's poop chutes, and that squicks numerous straight men—the ones who aren't doing their girlfriends up the ass anyhow.
  2. (slang, intransitive) To be grossed out, to experience disgust.
    • 2005, Maxim Jakubowski, The Mammoth Book of Sex Diaries: Online Confessions and Call-Girl Adventures, page 27,
      He likes intense sensation (pain, for those of you not up on this lingo) and we did play with sounds. I'll now explain what "sounds" are, but if you squick easily, you should skip this next paragraph.

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