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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unreadiness noun

Examples of unready in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And government was clearly unready, scrambling to hire Cobol programmers to update 50-year-old unemployment-claims systems. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "How Tech Got Ready for 2020," 20 Dec. 2020 Just as excellence can, in certain moods, strike us as a reproach, Shirley Hazzard has a way of unnerving the unready. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Moral Hazzard," 4 Dec. 2020 Simons proved to be quite unready, actually, while shooting 39.9% from the field and 33.2% from three-point range. oregonlive, "Anfernee Simons could be the team’s future or a trade chip: Trail Blazers season review, look ahead," 19 Sep. 2020 Again, the study found that people of color and low-income individuals accounted for a disproportionate share of people who were considered unready. Juliet Isselbacher, STAT, "Telemedicine is booming — but many people still face huge barriers to virtual care," 5 Aug. 2020 This source blames Navarro for the confusion, which meant the Capitol Hill delegation came to the meeting ready to fight and unready to compromise. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Trump backed off shipping reform under political pressure, former advisers claim," 12 July 2020 Why were most countries—and especially the U.S.—so unready? David Quammen, The New Yorker, "Why Weren’t We Ready for the Coronavirus?," 4 May 2020 But her primary performance failed to generate much enthusiasm among Democrats, and her indecisiveness made her seem unready to step up in a crisis. John Mccormack, National Review, "Why Amy Klobuchar Is the Front-runner in the Democratic Veepstakes," 17 Apr. 2020 Even those who voted against the Democratic amendments said Alaska is unready to vote by mail. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Emergency law may require Alaskans to vote by mail in August election," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of unready

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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28 Dec 2020

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“Unready.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unready. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unready

: not prepared for something : not ready

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