Origin of unready
Examples from the Web for unready
Also of my own an unready reckoning I have to account, therefore I make tarrying.
As a small lamp cannot withstand excessive electrical voltage, so your nerves are unready for the cosmic current.Autobiography of a YOGI|Paramhansa Yogananda
The Devons were making ready for it, and how unready a man might feel at such a moment!The Coo-ee Reciter|Various
You remember that Richard's sister Emma went over to England to marry the unready king.The Normans|Sarah Orne Jewett
I may say Death giveth no warning: To think on thee, it maketh my heart sick, For all unready is my book of reckoning.
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."