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.

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Anyone who feels nauseous, dizzy or otherwise unwell after exposure to smoke is encouraged to contact their doctor, Tan said. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Here's the air quality outlook for July 4 and beyond, amid Northern California wildfires," 3 July 2018 American democracy is unwell; on this much, President Trump’s detractors can agree. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "America’s Version of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy," 23 May 2018 The Orleans Pariah assistant district attorney who represented the state in those two cases also testified that Burns was present in New Orleans on Sept. 4, 2013, and didn't complain of feeling unwell, according to the court records. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "New Orleans-area attorney Lionel 'Lon' Burns suspended for a year," 1 May 2018 Colorado, Georgia and South Dakota join the growing list of states impacted since the first individuals started feeling unwell March 13. Debra Goldschmidt, CNN, "As E. coli outbreak grows, CDC raises concern over hospitalization rate," 25 Apr. 2018 The problems are felt across the country, with children often falling unwell or dizzy due to poor nutrition. Vivian Sequera And Francisco Aguilar, The Christian Science Monitor, "As economic crisis worsens, schools empty in Venezuela," 25 Apr. 2018 Like most killers, Guiteau was unwell, but his anger was hardly uncommon among members of the political class of his day. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Ethics first," 6 Apr. 2018 But if Yoselyn was obviously unwell, why didn’t anyone stop her? Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "‘Neither Family Will Be the Same’," 4 Apr. 2018 That, combined with sleep disturbance, could make people feel unwell. Elizabeth Landau, CNN, "Sad in the spring? Allergy-mood link is real," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unwell

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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a tendency to relapse

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