The meaning of under the weather

When someone is under the weather, it means that the person:

  • is slightly ill.
  • feels a little sick.
  • doesn’t feel well.

Sometimes the person’s (body) defences are low and they feel tired or exhausted too. Under the weather can also refer to a person being intoxicated or even a little sad or depressed.

You can begin this English idiom with:
BE under the weather OR
FEEL under the weather.

Example sentences

  • I feel a little under the weather so I don’t think I’ll go out tonight.
  • He didn’t go to work today as he was a little under the weather.
  • It is hard to get the job done when you are under the weather.
  • Mary is a little under the weather. I hope she feels better soon.

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The meaning of the English idiom - Under the Weather - with example sentences.

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