Why was clemency trending last week?


[uhn-wel] /ʌnˈwɛl/
not well; ailing; ill.
Older Use. menstruating.
Origin of unwell
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see un-1, well1
Related forms
unwellness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for unwell
  • Feeling unwell, she was put to bed by friends who later returned to find that she had stopped breathing.
  • Unfortunately, he was unwell and had to be replaced before recording.
  • The load grew heavier, nay scarcely to be borne, when my father too became unwell.
  • She noticed her lips tingling, and the next morning she awoke feeling vaguely unwell.
  • Something other than hypothyroidism was causing him to feel unwell.
  • Even if patients remain unwell, no systematic effort is made to find out where doctors may have gone wrong.
  • It was a diet guaranteed to make him became lethargic, weak, and dangerously unwell.
  • The usual first sign of a rejection episode-by which time it is well under way-is the fact that the patient feels unwell.
  • Nearly half of all policemen retire early, for instance, supposedly because they are unwell.
  • By the time you've got halfway through the autopsy scene in chapter three, you'll be feeling decidedly unwell.
British Dictionary definitions for unwell


(postpositive) not well; ill
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for unwell

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for unwell

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for unwell

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with unwell

Nearby words for unwell