unawares [uhn-uh-wairz] ExamplesWord Originadverb
- while not aware or conscious of a thing oneself; unknowingly or inadvertently.
- without warning; by surprise; suddenly; unexpectedly: to come upon someone unawares.
Origin of unawares First recorded in 1525–35; unaware + -s1 Related Words for unawares short, aback, accidentally, carelessly, inadvertently, mistakenly, sudden, unconsciously, unexpectedly, unintentionally, unprepared, unwittingly, abruptly, ignorantly, surprisingly, unknowingly, unready Examples from the Web for unawares Historical Examples of unawares
At least, Yates, with all his experience, thought he had taken her unawares.
Blessings, then, upon these young wayfarers, for they have “blessed me unawares.”
John Greenleaf Whittier
“It was an unexpected blow; it caught me unawares,” he said heatedly.
I had unawares added to her grief, for her brother Charley was going to Switzerland too.
You will take them unawares; but I flatter myself you will not find them unprepared.
British Dictionary definitions for unawares unawares adverb
- without prior warning or plan; unexpectedlyshe caught him unawares
- without being aware of or knowinghe lost it unawares
Word Origin and History for unawares adv.