unwell

[ uhn-wel ]
/ ʌnˈwɛl /

adjective

not well; ailing; ill.
Older Use. menstruating.

Nearby words

  1. unweighed,
  2. unweight,
  3. unweighted,
  4. unwelcome,
  5. unwelcoming,
  6. unwept,
  7. unwholesome,
  8. unwieldy,
  9. unwilled,
  10. unwilling

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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British Dictionary definitions for unwell

unwell

/ (ʌnˈwɛl) /

adjective

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

unwell

adj.

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

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