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

Other Words from unready

unreadiness noun

Examples of unready in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The unready garrison at Mariupol was encircled by Russian forces on March 2, and the siege has now continued for 11 weeks. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 16 May 2022 But to imagine that the innocence of the baby is enough, on its own, to always and completely turn an unready person into a different person who can overcome all challenging circumstances is taking a mighty risk with two people’s entire lives. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2021 As late as 2020, the ship was still not done, and, despite promises, the carrier went through full ship shock trials with 4 out of 7 lower-stage weapons elevators unready. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 If the offense is getting worse — and Fields looks unready to play — that’s a big problem for them. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Ali Karimi, a University of Pennsylvania scholar, is among Afghans unready to trust the Taliban. Frank Bajak, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2021 One that did not, really, was handing the series to an unready producer with a history of speaking freely and loosely in a manner lacking a certain dignity. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 20 Aug. 2021 The devil is the state of being unready for revelation. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Congress is likely unready for a debate about the limitations of the legal system. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 23 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unready

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unready.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unready. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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