The Devons were making ready for it, and how unready a man might feel at such a moment!
“I reckon they should be unready to confess the same,” saith she.
The very fear of doing amiss, disturbeth some unready men, and maketh them do all the rest the worse.
Probably he found her coy, unready to acknowledge his demands on her attention.
We have a writ from thelred the unready, and a remarkable writ it is.
She is so unready; poor thing—unless her sufferings will stand instead.
In the street the men were all lined up at attention; he alone was unready.
The unready are fertile in excuses, and his were inexhaustible.
Better let them think him unready; then perhaps they would let him get the lead.
I felt very doltish and unready as I followed him to the drawing-room.
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."