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unwell

[uhn-wel] /ʌnˈwɛl/
adjective
1.
not well; ailing; ill.
2.
Older Use. menstruating.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see un-1, well1
Related forms
unwellness, noun
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Examples 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

unwell

/ʌnˈwɛl/
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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