un·​well ˌən-ˈwel How to pronounce unwell (audio)
: being in poor health : ailing, sick
: undergoing menstruation

Examples of unwell in a Sentence

Miss Bennett, are you unwell? I am sorry she is feeling unwell.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unwell was in the 15th century

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“Unwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwell. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


un·​well ˌən-ˈwel How to pronounce unwell (audio)
: being in poor health : ailing, sick

Medical Definition


un·​well -ˈwel How to pronounce unwell (audio)
: being in poor health : sick

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