• WordNet 3.6
    • n unwellness impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A greenish facial tint has long been associated with illness, as suggested by the phrase "green around the gills." As a person who is very envious is considered by many folks to be unwell, these people have been described as "green (or sick) with envy."
    • n Unwellness Quality or state of being unwell.
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  • Renata Adler
    Renata Adler
    “Nothing defines the quality of life in a community more clearly than people who regard themselves, or whom the consensus chooses to regard, as mentally unwell.”


In literature:

He is eighty-five, and at the time of my visit was so unwell, that I had not the good fortune to see him.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
But at last she became so unwell, that even Mr. St. Clare had to own that something was wrong, and the doctor was sent for.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin, Young Folks' Edition" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Indeed he felt so unwell that the need for some slight restorative became pressing.
"Punch, Volume 156, 26 March 1919" by Various
A lady asked if he was unwell.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
He speaks again of the illness of "poor George," and says that others of his family are unwell.
"Washington in Domestic Life" by Richard Rush
Bracket was too unwell to get much sleep.
"The Pirates Own Book" by Charles Ellms
I will do all (this) if thou darest not go, for I find thee unwell.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Niblett, who had been very unwell for three or four days, was taken much worse to-day.
"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
Half of us are unwell and the other half dissatisfied.
"Yesterdays with Authors" by James T. Fields
Was she really unwell?
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
She would tell him that she had suddenly felt unwell.
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett
Ten minutes earlier Mr. Prohack had been a strong, healthy man a trifle unwell in a bedroom.
"Mr. Prohack" by E. Arnold Bennett
At the time of this sorrow, Lady Byron was too unwell to write to me.
"Lady Byron Vindicated" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
He was unwell when he arrived, having had a near touch of pneumonia.
"Carry On" by Coningsby Dawson
He felt so unwell that he determined to light the vine-stem fire which was laid in readiness.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
The eyes tell if we are tired or unwell, for then they will be dull, while, if we abuse or strain them, they often are red.
"Confidences" by Edith B. Lowry
Miss DODGER is still unwell.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 102, April 16, 1892" by Various
You look unwell; and bed is the best place for a cold.
"Hetty Gray" by Rosa Mulholland
And you will not think you are unwell merely because you think you can hear a brass-band playing.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
Perhaps you're unwell and nervy, though you look all right.
"Married Life" by May Edginton

In poetry:

"Is it the wind's moan as it louder grows
That scares you or, perhaps, the rasping sound
Of pebbles by the waves rolled round and round?"
"No, I'm unwell, and there's a draft, it blows."
"The Fisherwoman" by Ivan Bunin
A seein of her cryin, and shiverin and pail,
To her spoke this surging, the Ero of my tail;
Saysee you look unwell, Ma'am, I'll elp you if I can,
And you may tell your ease to me, for I'm a meddicle man.
"The Lamentable Ballad Of The Foundling Of Shoreditch" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

"My son is unwell, and he needs a moment to heal," said Jackie Jackson.
Exposed, concerned or feel unwell.
Andrea Levy, The Plain Dealer Feeling exhausted and unwell.
Advance Care Planning of the Acutely Unwell Patient—Reply.
Advance Care Planning of the Acutely Unwell Patient.
INTERVIEWS Sinead O'Connor is 'Very Unwell ,' Cancels 2012 Tour.
Sinead O' Connor Cries For Help on Twitter: 'I'm Really Unwell '.
Pelosi hospitalized after feeling "slightly unwell ".
The band has been performing across Europe in recent weeks, but Hoppus told fans on Thursday morning he is feeling unwell.
Slater had missed yesterday's opening ceremony because he'd been unwell for a few days.
'A Little Bit of Heaven': Yep, she's unwell -- and really unlikable ?
Lawrence High sophomore Molly Negley-Wenger, singing "Unwell" by Matchbox 20.
These same families almost always express a fear that their grieving children will experience the shame that often accompanies sadness --that if you are sad you must be unwell.