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unready not ready or prepared XIII; not prompt XVI. f. UN-1 + READY. From XVI used as a form of †unredy (XIV), f. unrede (see -Y1), OE. unrǣd lack of counsel or wisdom (OE. ræd counsel), traditional epithet from XIII of king Ethelred II, originating in the jingling collocation Æthelred Unred ‘Noble Counsel, Evil Counsel’.