unawares


unawares

unawares [uhn-uh-wairz] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for unawares on Thesaurus.com adverb

  1. while not aware or conscious of a thing oneself; unknowingly or inadvertently.
  2. 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.

    In the Midst of Alarms

    Robert Barr

  • Blessings, then, upon these young wayfarers, for they have “blessed me unawares.”

    The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • “It was an unexpected blow; it caught me unawares,” he said heatedly.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • I had unawares added to her grief, for her brother Charley was going to Switzerland too.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • You will take them unawares; but I flatter myself you will not find them unprepared.

    The Universal Reciter

    Various

  • British Dictionary definitions for unawares unawares adverb

    1. without prior warning or plan; unexpectedlyshe caught him unawares
    2. without being aware of or knowinghe lost it unawares

    Word Origin and History for unawares adv.

    1530s, “without being aware,” from un- (1) “not” + aware + adverbial genitive -s. Meaning “without being noticed” is recorded from 1660s. Form unaware is recorded from 1590s.

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