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 Signs throughout the grounds advise guests to mask up, keep 6 feet of space from others and stay home if feeling unwell. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Visit the Zoo Day: What’s different this year?," 26 Dec. 2020 Friday's new installment reveals that Rue is alive but decidedly unwell, depressed and getting high in a diner bathroom in the episode's opening minutes. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'Euphoria' special: Zendaya, Colman Domingo are spectacular in heartbreaking two-hander," 4 Dec. 2020 Philamena Belone started feeling unwell November 12, her brother said. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "A beloved teacher wore an oxygen mask for virtual classes before she lost her battle with Covid-19," 17 Dec. 2020 Uncommon responses that may affect up to one in 100 people included enlarged lymph nodes and feeling unwell. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Tripped Up by Rare but Serious Allergic Reactions," 11 Dec. 2020 The next day, her mother also felt unwell and sought testing, too. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "15-year-old COVID-19 victim was 'social butterfly' who had beaten leukemia," 20 Nov. 2020 Both times, emergency services were called to the venue, and several pro-Beijing lawmakers reported feeling unwell. NBC News, "Three former pro-democracy lawmakers arrested in Hong Kong for releasing 'pungent liquid'," 18 Nov. 2020 Jerrianne Shea Herron, a family friend, said during the past few months Pugh seemed unwell. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Coroner identifies man killed in standoff with Huntsville police," 18 Nov. 2020 Her father, the breadwinner of the family, was unwell and bed-ridden even before the pandemic. Priya Ranjan Sahu, Quartz India, "In one Indian state, Covid-19 has led to a spike in the number of child marriages," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unwell

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jan 2021

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“Unwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwell. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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