un·​well | \ ˌən-ˈwel How to pronounce unwell (audio) \

Definition of unwell

1 : being in poor health : ailing, sick
2 : undergoing menstruation

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Examples of unwell in a Sentence

Miss Bennett, are you unwell? I am sorry she is feeling unwell.
Recent Examples on the Web My mother being an alcoholic and drug addict and mentally unwell. Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, "For her second act, Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon thinks outside the shoe box," 4 Oct. 2019 Other critics of the idea opposed the idea of essentially giving chronically unwell people a place to die from substance and alcohol misuse. Ben Hohenstatt, Anchorage Daily News, "Rooms make big difference in the lives of Juneau’s homeless," 23 Sep. 2019 But every day, thousands of unwell people pour details of their symptoms and, perhaps unknowingly, locations into search engines and social media, creating a trove of real-time flu data. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "Real-time flu tracking," 18 Sep. 2019 He was said to be too unwell to attend one previous hearing even by video link. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "Julian Assange Must Stay in Jail as Flight Risk, U.K. Judge Rules," 13 Sep. 2019 The clown prince of crime is alive and mentally unwell in Gotham City in Todd Phillips’ rivetingly atmospheric supervillain origin story (which snagged the top prize in Venice). Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Reporter Critics' 20 Favorite Films From the Fall Festivals," 15 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately The Duchess of Cambridge remains unwell, and will not be able to accompany Prince George on his first day of school. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Why Kate Middleton Didn't Walk Prince George to School 2 Years Ago — But Did for Charlotte," 5 Sep. 2019 The clown prince of crime is alive and mentally unwell in Gotham City in Todd Phillips' grippingly atmospheric supervillain origin story, Joker. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Joker': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Madeline tells Celeste, ignoring the obviously unwell woman right next to her. Aja Romano, Vox, "Big Little Lies season 2, episode 2: “Tell-Tale Hearts” asks if families can survive their own secrets," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of unwell

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Nov 2019

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“Unwell.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwell. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of unwell

formal : not feeling well


un·​well | \ ˌən-ˈwel How to pronounce unwell (audio) \

Kids Definition of unwell

: being in poor health


un·​well | \ -ˈwel How to pronounce unwell (audio) \

Medical Definition of unwell

: being in poor health : sick

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