Under the Weather (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Under the Weather"?

Meaning unwell or feeling worse than usual, the term under the weather is a nautical term from the days of old sailing ships. Any sailor who was feeling ill would be sent below deck to protect him from the weather. (Being below deck, the sailor would literally be under the weather.)
Under the Weather (Origin)

Examples of Use:

  • You look pale. Are you feeling under the weather?
  • Anna called in sick yesterday because she felt under the weather.
  • I'm feeling under the weather. I'll stay home today.

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