- not ready; not made ready: The new stadium is as yet unready for use.
- not in a state of readiness; unprepared: emotionally unready for success.
- lacking in presence of mind, as when a quick decision or a sharp answer is required: Awkward situations often found him unready.
- British Dialect. not dressed.
- not prompt or quick.
Origin of unready
Examples from the Web for unreadiness
Violent revolutions may be charged up to the unreadiness of statesmen.A Preface to Politics
The penalty which had to be paid for this unreadiness was heavy.The War in the Air; Vol. 1
Bonaparte had rightly calculated upon the unreadiness of his enemy.History of Modern Europe 1972-1878
C. A. Fyffe
Unreadiness is a great vice in the Turkish bath appended to these institutions.The Turkish Bath
Robert Owen Allsop
She sees his unreadiness to answer, and attributes it to a wrong cause.Alas!
- not ready or prepared
- slow or hesitant to see or act
- archaic not dressed
Word Origin and History for unreadiness
mid-14c., "not prepared," from un- (1) "not" + ready. In English history, applied to Anglo-Saxon King Æðelræd II (968-1016), where it preserves the fuller original sense of Old English ungeræd "ill-advised, rede-less, no-counsel" and plays on the king's name (which means "good-counsel"). The epithet is attested from early 13c. Old English ræda "advise, counsel" is related to read (v.). Rede "counsel" survived in poetic usage to 17c. An attempted revival by Scott (19c.) failed, though it is used in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings."