Synonyms for unpoised
- hanging by thread
- on thin ice
- touch and go
- up in the air
Antonyms for unpoised
- at ease
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNPOISED
She had fancied she could make Mary cry and beg for silence, be afraid and unpoised.
Hope persuaded him that Margaret was only a girl, still sentimental and unpoised.
She stopped, and with a growl of anger wheeled and boxed the cubs right and left like a worried, unpoised mother.
early 15c., "weight, quality of being heavy," later "significance, importance" (mid-15c.), from Old French pois "weight, balance, consideration" (12c., Modern French poids), from Medieval Latin pesum "weight," from Latin pensum "something weighted or weighed," (source of Provençal and Catalan pes, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian peso), noun use of neuter past participle of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant).
The sense of "steadiness, composure" first recorded 1640s, from notion of being equally weighted on either side (1550s). Meaning "balance" is from 1711; meaning "way in which the body is carried" is from 1770.
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