Under the Weather Meaning! Are you looking for the meaning of the expression “under the weather”? This lesson will provide the definition, how and when to use this idiom with useful examples and ESL picture.
Under the Weather Meaning
What Does “Under the Weather” Mean?
This expression is used to describe someone’s mood, in particular, when he/she feel sick, or unwell.
When some one’s sick, just not feeling so well or in low spirits, he/she can say “I am/feel under the weather”. In English, people only tend to use this idiom to describe being slightly unwell rather than being seriously ill.
- Sarah’s feeling a bit under the weather tonight, so she won’t be joining us for dinner.
- Mary was still feeling a bit under the weather.
- You look a bit under the weather.
- I’m feeling a bit under the weather – I think I’ve caught a cold.
- Marie’s pretty under the weather for the next couple of days.
- I’m afraid I felt rather under the weather this morning.
- If you know that he’s been under the weather, you might ask him how he’s feeling.
- He cannot come to the class today because he is under the weather.
- You will have off days when you are tired or a bit under the weather.
Synonyms for “Under the Weather”
Here is the list of synonyms you can use instead of this expression.
- Not very well
- Not in good shape
- Out of sorts
- Below par
- Not oneself
Other English idioms for describing your mood:
- Bent out of shape
- On cloud nine
- Spaced out
- Shaken up
- On pins and needles
- Head over heels
- Fed up
- Chilled out
Learn more about the idioms related to weather in English.
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