What Is Another Way to Say “Under the Weather”?

Looking for synonyms for under the weather? We’ve got you covered!

Here’s a list of other ways to say under the weather.

  • Unwell
  • Ill
  • Sick
  • Not feeling well
  • Feeling off
  • Indisposed
  • Out of sorts
  • Below par
  • Off-color
  • Ailing
  • Poorly
  • Down
  • Under the weather
  • Not up to par
  • Off one’s game

Want to learn how to say under the weather professionally? Keep reading for examples and use cases.

1. Unwell

Appropriate for general contexts when someone is not in good health.

  • Example: “She reported being unwell and requested a sick day.”

2. Ill

Used for both minor and serious health conditions.

  • Example: “He has been ill for a week and is seeking medical attention.”

3. Sick

A broad term that can apply to feeling nauseous or having an illness.

  • Example: “The team member is sick and won’t be able to attend the meeting.”

4. Not feeling well

A polite, general way to express that someone is experiencing poor health.

  • Example: “I’m not feeling well today, so I will be working from home.”

5. Feeling off

Used when someone doesn’t feel their normal self but may not have a specific illness.

  • Example: “She’s feeling off and decided to rest instead of pushing through work.”

6. Indisposed

A formal term indicating that someone is unable to perform their duties due to health issues.

  • Example: “The manager is indisposed and has postponed all appointments.”

7. Out of sorts

Implies a mild illness or feeling slightly unwell, without specifying a particular issue.

  • Example: “He’s been out of sorts since yesterday and opted to take a sick leave.”

8. Below par

Suggests not feeling up to one’s usual level of health or well-being.

  • Example: “I’m feeling below par this morning and need to cancel our meeting.”

9. Off-color

Indicates that someone is feeling slightly ill or not their usual self.

  • Example: “She looked off-color during the presentation and later said she felt unwell.”

10. Ailing

Refers to suffering from an illness or being in poor health over a period.

  • Example: “Our ailing colleague has been on leave for medical treatment.”

11. Poorly

A common term in British English, indicating that someone is sick or unwell.

  • Example: “He’s been feeling poorly and has decided to see a doctor.”

12. Down

Informal, suggesting feeling depressed or physically unwell.

  • Example: “She’s been down with the flu for a couple of days.”

13. Under the weather

A colloquial expression for being mildly ill or feeling not quite well.

  • Example: “I’m feeling a bit under the weather and will take a day off to recover.”

14. Not up to par

Indicates not feeling or performing as well as usual, often due to minor health issues.

  • Example: “He’s not up to par today and will be taking it easy.”

15. Off one’s game

Used when someone is not performing at their usual level, often due to feeling unwell.

  • Example: “She’s off her game this week, likely due to battling a cold.”

Linda Brown