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unwell

[uhn-wel] /ʌnˈwɛl/
adjective
1.
not well; ailing; ill.
2.
Older Use. menstruating.
Origin of unwell
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at un-1, well1
Related forms
unwellness, noun
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  • Mr. Fleurant, gently, if you please; if you go on like that, no one will wish to be unwell.

  • Sophy was unwell, was feverish; the scarlet fever had been in the neighbourhood.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • For the next few days Evelyn was unwell, and did not quit her room.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The Marchesino had really been unwell, as he had told Hermione.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • In short it was so apparent that the other guests looked at them, and asked them if they were unwell.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for unwell

unwell

/ʌnˈwɛl/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) not well; ill
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Word Origin and History for unwell
adj.

mid-15c., "somewhat ill," from un- (1) "not" + well (adj.). Cf. North Frisian unwel, German unwohl.

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