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unwell

[uhn-wel]
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adjective
  1. not well; ailing; ill.
  2. Older Use. menstruating.
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Origin of unwell

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at un-1, well1
Related formsun·well·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unwell

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  • Mr. Fleurant, gently, if you please; if you go on like that, no one will wish to be unwell.

  • Sophy was unwell, was feverish; the scarlet fever had been in the neighbourhood.

  • For the next few days Evelyn was unwell, and did not quit her room.

  • The Marchesino had really been unwell, as he had told Hermione.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • In short it was so apparent that the other guests looked at them, and asked them if they were unwell.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for unwell

unwell

adjective
  1. (postpositive) not well; ill
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Word Origin and History for unwell

adj.

mid-15c., "somewhat ill," from un- (1) "not" + well (adj.). Cf. North Frisian unwel, German unwohl.

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