Origin of unready
Examples from the Web for unreadiness
His thick hair and scraggy neck gave witness of unreadiness and through his misty glasses weak eyes looked up pleading.Ulysses|James Joyce
Disorganisation and unreadiness prevented France from seizing the opportunity of doing even so much as that.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
“To-morrow,” in those days of unreadiness and disconnection, glided just beyond reach continually.Dr. Sevier|George W. Cable
There was no apology for her situation, no trace of alarm or shame or unreadiness.54-40 or Fight|Emerson Hough
He exaggerated the mistakes of the revolutionary governments, and left out of his reckoning the unreadiness of the people.The Life of Mazzini|Bolton King
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."