properly expectant, organized, or equipped; ready: prepared for a hurricane.
(of food) processed by the manufacturer or seller, by cooking, cleaning, or the like, so as to be ready to serve or use with little or no further preparation.

Origin of prepared

First recorded in 1520–30; prepare + -ed2
Related formspre·par·ed·ly [pri-pair-id-lee, -paird-lee] /prɪˈpɛər ɪd li, -ˈpɛərd li/, adverbself-pre·pared, adjectivesu·per·pre·pared, adjectiveun·pre·pared, adjectiveun·pre·par·ed·ly, adverbwell-pre·pared, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unprepared

Contemporary Examples of unprepared

Historical Examples of unprepared

  • I was, indeed, all unprepared for what awaited me here at the Cedars.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Unprepared as he was for the large pill he had to swallow, he got it down.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Quite aware of his inclination to laxness, I was yet unprepared for his present state.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • But this time Ruffo was unprepared, and it dropped on the rock by his bare feet.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Nor was Cleo unprepared in the all-important question of the play itself.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for unprepared



having made inadequate preparations
not made ready or prepared
done without preparation; extemporaneous
Derived Formsunpreparedly, adverbunpreparedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unprepared

1540s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of prepare (v.).

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