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[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
1250-1300; Middle English unredy. See un-1, ready
Related forms
unreadiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unready
  • If the aspirants appear unready, their spiritual father will urge them to go back.
  • It is entirely inexcusable, however, to try to combine the unready hand with the unbridled tongue.
  • Too many have arrived unready, and too few are on track to earn a degree.
  • The speed of the cuts would render all combat units instantly unready, as readiness is traditionally measured.
  • The defendants are unready, however, as the result of their own neglect and procrastination.
  • However, some people achieve success by attempting to do something they may feel unready for.
British Dictionary definitions for unready


not ready or prepared
slow or hesitant to see or act
(archaic) not dressed
Derived Forms
unreadily, adverb
unreadiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unready

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."

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