From Middle English unethe, uneathe (“difficult, not easy”), from Old English unēaþe (“difficult, not easy”), equivalent to un- + eath. More at eath, easy.
- not easy; hard
- Who he was, uneath was to descry.
- (archaic) Not easily; hardly, scarcely.
- (obsolete) Reluctantly, unwillingly.
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur, Bk.VII:
- Ryght so Sir Launcelot departed with grete hevynes, that unneth he myght susteyne hymselff for grete dole-makynge.