unequal

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English unequale, equivalent to un- +‎ equal. Compare German unegal (unlevel, uneven).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʌnˈiːkwəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːkwəl
  • Hyphenation: un‧equal

AdjectiveEdit

unequal (comparative more unequal, superlative most unequal)

  1. Not the same.
  2. Out of balance.
  3. (comparable) Inadequate; insufficiently capable or qualified.
    unequal to the task
  4. Erratic, inconsistent.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 1:
      Her manner to Francesca was very unequal. Sometimes it had all the frankness of their early intimacy; at other times it was forbidding, and even petulant.

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

unequal (plural unequals)

  1. One who is not an equal.