un·​ready | \ ˌən-ˈre-dē How to pronounce unready (audio) \
unreadier; unreadiest

Definition of unready

: not prepared or ready unready to go to college My catcher … seemed unready; through the openings in his mask I could just discern a look that mingled confusion and distress.— Ejner Jensen I'm like a jailbird after a long stretch: unready for life, resentful of the separation, nostalgic for the chums I'd been locked up with …— John le Carré

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Other Words from unready

unreadiness noun

Examples of unready in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And this would be the one time all year to start the Jets’ defense, thanks to the Redskins’ starting of unready QB Dwayne Haskins. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 11: Last-minute moves," 17 Nov. 2019 They got trounced both times, wholly unready for the Warriors’ brand of humbling. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets media day primer: Nikola Jokic’s MVP ceiling, Jamal Murray’s money and the privilege of pressure," 27 Sep. 2019 As a result, Segev asserts, Jewish settlers were left unprotected during the Arab riots of 1929, and as late as 1947, on the cusp of Israel’s War of Independence, battalions were unready for battle. Diane Cole, Washington Post, "In Israel’s founder, many contradictions but a single-minded determination," 6 Sep. 2019 Babis said after a meeting on Thursday the president remained unready to act. Washington Post, "Request to remove minister may bring down Czech government," 12 July 2019 Still, European defense spending today is roughly 7% lower than a decade ago in constant dollars and many NATO militaries are either unready to deploy quickly in an emergency or overstretched with foreign missions. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "NATO, Under Fire From Trump, to Trumpet Its Heightened Readiness," 6 July 2018 He's seen players deemed unready one season improve enough to make a team the following year. Eliza Mcgraw, chicagotribune.com, "It's tryout season. Here are lessons parents can help kids learn through this pressure-filled time.," 19 May 2018 No one wants unready tech on public roads, but for anyone who has bought into the technology’s promise to save lives, the delay is a bummer. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Save Lives With Smarter, Slower Streets—Not Self-Driving Cars," 11 May 2018 Social structures immediately collapse; protagonists must suffer for being weak, unready, and unfit. Asher Elbein, The Atlantic, "The Terror Is More Than a Chilling Monster Show," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of unready

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Nov 2019

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“Unready.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unready. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of unready

: not prepared for something : not ready

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