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[uhn-in-ter-uh-stid, -truh-stid, -tuh-res-tid] /ʌnˈɪn tər ə stɪd, -trə stɪd, -təˌrɛs tɪd/
having or showing no feeling of interest; indifferent.
not personally concerned in something.
Origin of uninterested
First recorded in 1640-50; un-1 + interested
Related forms
uninterestedly, adverb
uninterestedness, noun
Can be confused
disinterested, uninterested (see usage note at disinterested)
2. unconcerned.
Usage note Unabridged
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  • "No doubt you're right," murmured old Neeld, both uneasy and uninterested.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • She delivered this for what it was worth, in an uninterested, emotionless voice.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • They are not uninterested, they are not altogether unkind, but they feel their superiority.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • Vivian became also one of the audience, and not an uninterested one.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Would not he too have been melancholy, quiet, unassertive, almost as uninteresting and uninterested as Booth was?

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
British Dictionary definitions for uninterested


/ʌnˈɪntrɪstɪd; -tərɪs-/
indifferent; unconcerned
Derived Forms
uninterestedly, adverb
uninterestedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uninterested

1640s, "unbiased," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of interest. It later meant "disinterested" (1660s); sense of "unconcerned, indifferent" is recorded from 1771. This is the correct word for what often is miscalled disinterested.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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