[ uhn-red-ee ]
/ ʌnˈrɛd i /


not ready; not made ready: The new stadium is as yet unready for use.
not in a state of readiness; unprepared: emotionally unready for success.
lacking in presence of mind, as when a quick decision or a sharp answer is required: Awkward situations often found him unready.
British Dialect. not dressed.
not prompt or quick.

Origin of unready

First recorded in 1250–1300, unready is from the Middle English word unredy. See un-1, ready

Related forms

un·read·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unready


/ (ʌnˈrɛdɪ) /


not ready or prepared
slow or hesitant to see or act
archaic not dressed

Derived Forms

unreadily, adverbunreadiness, noun
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