unready

/un red"ee/, adj.
1. not ready; not made ready: The new stadium is as yet unready for use.
2. not in a state of readiness; unprepared: emotionally unready for success.
3. lacking in presence of mind, as when a quick decision or a sharp answer is required: Awkward situations often found him unready.
4. Brit. Dial. not dressed.
5. not prompt or quick.
[1250-1300; ME unredy. See UN-1, READY]

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  • Unready — Un*read y, a. 1. Not ready or prepared; not prompt; slow; awkward; clumsy. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Nor need the unready virgin strike her breast. Keble. [1913 Webster] 2. Not dressed; undressed. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unready — Un*read y, v. t. [1st pref. un + ready.] To undress. [Obs.] Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unready — index back (in arrears), late (tardy), premature, unqualified (not competent) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • unready — (adj.) mid 14c., not prepared, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + READY (Cf. ready). In English history, applied to Anglo Saxon King Æðelræd II (968 1016), where it preserves the fuller original sense of O.E. ungeræd ill advised, rede less, no counsel… …   Etymology dictionary

  • unready — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not ready or prepared …   English terms dictionary

  • unready — [unred′ē] adj. not ready; specif., a) not prepared, as for action or use b) not prompt or alert; slow; hesitant unreadily adv. unreadiness n …   English World dictionary

  • unready — 1. adj. 1 not ready. 2 not prompt in action. Derivatives: unreadily adv. unreadiness n. 2. adj. archaic lacking good advice; rash (Ethelred the Unready). Etymology: UN (1) + REDE, assim. to UNREADY(1) …   Useful english dictionary

  • unready — adjective Not ready …   Wiktionary

  • unready — Synonyms and related words: ad lib, airy, arrested, asleep, back, backward, behindhand, belated, blocked, careless, casual, caught napping, caught off balance, caught short, cursory, degage, delayed, delayed action, detained, disregardant,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • unready — adj. not prepared, not ready …   English contemporary dictionary

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