Nearby words

  1. readjustment,
  2. readmission,
  3. readmit,
  4. readout,
  5. readthrough,
  6. ready money,
  7. ready reckoner,
  8. ready room,
  9. ready, willing, and able,
  10. ready-made


Origin of ready

1150–1200; Middle English redy, early Middle English rædig, equivalent to Old English rǣde prompt + -ig -y1


Related formso·ver·read·y, adjectivepre·read·y, adjective

Usage note

See already. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for readier

British Dictionary definitions for readier


/ (ˈrɛdɪ) /

adjective readier or readiest


the ready informal short for ready money
at the ready
  1. poised for use or actionwith pen at the ready
  2. (of a rifle) in the position normally adopted immediately prior to aiming and firing


(tr) to put in a state of readiness; prepare

Word Origin for ready

Old English (ge) rǣde; related to Old Frisian rēde, Old High German reiti, Old Norse reithr ready

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Word Origin and History for readier
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Idioms and Phrases with readier


In addition to the idiom beginning with ready

, also see

  • at the ready
  • get ready
  • good and (ready)
  • rough and ready


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