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[vurst] /vɜrst/
experienced; practiced; skilled; learned (usually followed by in):
She was well versed in Greek and Latin.
Origin of versed
1600-10; < Latin versātus busied, engaged (see versatile), with -ed2 for Latin -ātus
Related forms
unversed, adjective Unabridged
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  • If a man habitually sate down to luncheon, and ate it through, he was contemned as unversed in the science of feeding.

    Seeing and Hearing George W. E. Russell
  • Only brave and simple of heart, and unversed in the ways of darkness.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • unversed in law, he was more than a match for the incomparable legal learning of Coke and for his docile bench of judges.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • An uncouth creature of the forest was he, unversed in all the arts of love-making.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • At the beginning the inquisitors were Dominican friars, presumably good theologians but unversed in the intricacies of the law.

  • But it was a young hawk, unversed in the way of the muskrat, which had seized him.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • In this the father again saw a trap laid for his son, who in worldly matters was as unversed as a child.

  • She was too unversed in the ways of coquetry to see or resent the point of the remark.

    The Gambler Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • This is on the supposition that the household of Blank are plain, practical women, unversed in the vanities of the world.

    Women and the Alphabet Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • But he was unversed in the mysterious processes of feminine emotion.

    Roderick Hudson Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for unversed


(postpositive) foll by in. thoroughly knowledgeable (about), acquainted (with), or skilled (in)
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Word Origin and History for unversed



"practiced," c.1600, from past participle of obsolete verse "to turn over" (a book, subject, etc.) in study or investigation, from Middle French verser "to turn, revolve" as in meditation, from Latin versare "to busy oneself," literally "to turn to" (see versus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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