Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. not easy; hard
  • adv. Not easily; hardly, scarcely.
  • adv. Reluctantly, unwillingly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not easy; difficult; hard.
  • adv. Not easily; hardly; scarcely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not easy; difficult.
  • Not easily; hardly; scarcely.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English unethe, uneathe ("difficult, not easy"), from Old English unēaþe ("difficult, not easy"), equivalent to un- +‎ eath. More at eath, easy.

Examples

  • Now, Sir Galahad was dight all in harness of silver, clear and shining; the which is a delight to look upon, but full hasty to tarnish, and withouten the labour of a ready squire, uneath to be kept fair and clean.

    Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women

  • "Why is thy writing thus," my lover said to me, "Attenuate and small, uneath to read and ill?"

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume II

  • I have seen on this high day, or on other days that were not less high than this, when you have had such throng of knights at your court that right uneath might any number them.

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • The evening draweth on and Lancelot goeth toward the castle, that was right uneath to find and in an unfrequented part.

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • The bull bellowed so passing loud that right uneath was it to hear aught else within the castle besides.

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • This was little uneath to him, seeing that she was yet more desirous than himself to be with him without suspect; wherefore she answered him frankly that it liked her well and that her sisters would do whatever she wished, especially in this, and bade him make ready everything needful therefor as quickliest he might.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • The worthy man, considering that his son was now grown to man's estate and thinking him so inured to the service of God that the things of this world might thenceforth uneath allure him to themselves, said in himself, "The lad saith well"; and accordingly, having occasion to go thither, he carried him with him.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • A marvellous thing it is to think how uneath to search out are the ways of love!

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • Then, they being therein and no troubling of the water ensuing thereof, they fell, as best they might, to faring hither and thither in pursuit of the fish, which had uneath where to hide themselves, and seeking to take them with the naked hand.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • As it uneath mote find its watry path For Hones and rubbifn, that did choak its tide,

    The works of the English poets; with prefaces, biographical and critical

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.