Definition of unwell in US English:



  • predicative Sick.

    ‘consult a doctor if you feel unwell’
    • ‘Each claimed at the court martials at Tidworth he had stayed at home to deal with family problems and their respective mothers had been unwell.’
    • ‘By the time he reached Portbou he was unwell, indigent and running for his life.’
    • ‘King Henry would surely notice if I seemed unwell so I made an effort to calm myself.’
    • ‘Her twin has been unwell for quite a while now yet she does not seem to have a high temperature or a cold of any sort.’
    • ‘They are the people who can soon tell if their child is off colour or unwell.’
    • ‘She said her daughter had become unwell when they returned to their hotel room after a day by the swimming pool.’
    • ‘But on Saturday morning she had started whimpering after her morning sleep and was hot, unwell and somewhat limp.’
    • ‘I can do this for only so long before I have to examine the microlevel problem of being unwell.’
    • ‘He was full of humor, as I say, even though I saw him last time and he was obviously very unwell.’
    • ‘He looked very unwell indeed, much as if he were fighting off a fever or the flu.’
    • ‘I think there are a whole lot more good people in the world than there are people who are mentally unwell.’
    • ‘The Ocean's 11 actor was staying at his parents' home in Denver, Colorado, when he started to feel unwell.’
    • ‘Although now back at home Milla said Otis is still unwell and reeling from the shock of being so poorly.’
    • ‘Then, at about 13,000 feet, Gillian began to feel unwell and was diagnosed by a doctor as having a chest infection.’
    • ‘I have been quite unwell this spring with a bad cold but I am in hopes I will got over it.’
    • ‘She had been unwell in the early mornings for two days now, and she was worried.’
    • ‘If your pet is feeling unwell, they probably aren't up for their photo being taken.’
    • ‘She did manage to get some work done the next day, though Molly thought she looked unwell.’
    • ‘It is understood that he first became unwell late last week.’
    • ‘The woman, who is believed to be elderly, was admitted to Macclesfield Hospital after she complained of feeling unwell.’
    ill, sick, poorly, indisposed, ailing, not well, not very well, not oneself, not in good shape, in a bad way, out of sorts, not up to par, below par, under par, peaky, liverish, queasy, nauseous
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