He had been ready up to this time to joke and even to laugh.
A week ain't much to ready up a horse for a race, but he ain't got no fat to work off, and he knows the game.
Nothing was ever ready up to date, and she invariably drowned all my commissions for the market with a flood of words.
All our things were now ready up on the Barrier, and nothing remained but to harness the dogs and start.
Old English ræde, geræde "prepared, ready," of a horse, "ready for riding," from Proto-Germanic *garaidijaz "arranged" (cf. Old Frisian rede "ready," Middle Dutch gereit, Old High German reiti, Middle High German bereite, German bereit, Old Norse greiðr "ready, plain," Gothic garaiþs "ordered, arranged"), from PIE root *reidh- "to ride" (see ride (v.)). Lengthened in Middle English by change of ending. Ready-made first attested early 15c.; ready-to-wear is from 1890.
early 13c., "to administer;" c.1300, "to take aim;" mid-14c., "to prepare, make ready," from ready (adj.). Related: Readied; readying.