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Dictionary Definition

unwell adj
1 undergoing menstruation [syn: menstruating]
2 somewhat ill or prone to illness; "my poor ailing grandmother"; "feeling a bit indisposed today"; "you look a little peaked"; "feeling poorly"; "a sickly child"; "is unwell and can't come to work" [syn: ailing, indisposed, peaked(p), poorly(p), sickly, under the weather]

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  1. Not well; indisposed; not in good health; somewhat ill; ailing.
  2. Specifically, ill from menstruation; affected with, or having, catamenial; menstruant.

Extensive Definition

"Unwell" is the second single from Matchbox Twenty's third album, More Than You Think You Are. It was written by Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas. It was very successful on the radio, and spent 20 weeks at the top of the U.S. Adult Top 40 charts, as well as reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is about a person who claims to not be crazy even though they're suffering from various occurrences that could lead them to be labeled as such. Rob Thomas states on the live DVD Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty that he wrote the song to be a metaphor for humanity in general, a song for people who are "fucked up and feel alone like that. We all feel a little fucked up sometimes... you're not alone." This song is a staple of adult contemporary stations even years after its release. The song also was the second most played song in the United States in 2003 according to Billboard. The video was #1 on VH1's Top 40 Videos of 2003.

Music video

The song's music video, directed by Meiert Avis, mostly features Thomas seeing various odd occurrences throughout, all the while singing along to the song. The rest of the band only appears in cameos, notably when Thomas boards a subway and they are seen in the background. The appearance of the other band mates is also altered like most of the video (their noses are rather large). The rest of the band is also seen at the end of the video gathered in Thomas' room, and each takes their turn waving goodbye to the camera before Thomas does so as well at the end of the video.

Chart positions

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ailing, bad, below par, critically ill, donsie, down, faint, faintish, feeble, feeling awful, feeling faint, feeling something terrible, frail, ill, in danger, indisposed, infirm, laid low, low, mean, mortally ill, not quite right, off-color, offish, out of sorts, poorly, qualmish, queasy, rocky, seedy, shaky, sick, sick unto death, sickish, sickly, squeamish, taken ill, under the weather, weakly, wobbly
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