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[uhn-red] /ʌnˈrɛd/
not read, as a letter or newspaper.
lacking in knowledge gained by reading; having read little or nothing:
She was intelligent but unread.
having little knowledge of a specific field:
a brilliant chemist unread in biology.
Origin of unread
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75, unread is from the late Middle English word unred. See un-1, read2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • These might readily have been consigned to the depths of the wastebasket unopened, unread.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • She took it and held it unread, looking at him with dark tragic eyes.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The evening paper, as yet unread, lay on the sofa beside her.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • Her Ladyship sat with an unread book on her knees gazing into nothingness.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • The topic is so interesting that the unread paragraph has to wait.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Was Edward Everett mistaken, are these letters not extant today, or are they unread?

    Colonel Washington Archer Butler Hulbert
  • It was boomed, and lay, unread, on every ones drawing-room table.

    Old Mole Gilbert Cannan
  • And off he went, putting the letter, unread, into his pocket.

British Dictionary definitions for unread


(of a book, newspaper, etc) not yet read
(of a person) having read little
(postpositive) foll by in. not versed (in a specified field)
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