under the weather

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under the weather ‎(not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Somewhat ill or gloomy.
    • 1907, Andy Adams, Reed Anthony: Cowman, ch. 9,
      I met a stranger, a quiet little man, who also had been under the weather from malaria.
  2. (idiomatic) Somewhat intoxicated or suffering from a hangover.
    • 1907, Louis Joseph Vance, The Brass Bowl, ch. 5,
      I was a bit under the weather last night: out with a party of friends, you know. Dare say we all had a bit more than we could carry.
  3. (idiomatic, obsolete) Experiencing adversity.
    • 1873, Mark Twain, The Gilded Age, ch. 19,
      The Hawkinses are under the weather now, but their Tennessee property is millions when it comes into market.




  • "under the weather" in Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, © 2006-2007 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.