Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

unwitting

[uhn-wit-ing] /ʌnˈwɪt ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
inadvertent; unintentional; accidental:
His insult, though unwitting, pained her.
2.
not knowing; unaware; ignorant; oblivious; unconscious:
an unwitting person.
Origin of unwitting
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English unwittende; see un-1, wit2, -ing2
Related forms
unwittingly, adverb
unwittingness, noun

unwit

[uhn-wit] /ʌnˈwɪt/
verb (used with object), unwitted, unwitting.
1.
Obsolete. to render devoid of wit; derange.
Origin
First recorded in 1595-1605; un-2 + wit1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for unwitting
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • I followed thee to thy prison, unwitting it would turn into a palace.

  • With that water aged Iapix washed the wound, unwitting; and suddenly, lo!

  • And did he look so pityingly as you describe, and bless me as I was praying, unwitting of his presence?

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • He is no more in a strait betwixt two, or unwitting what he shall choose.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • For one second she saw the unwitting, involuntary response in his eyes.

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
British Dictionary definitions for unwitting

unwitting

/ʌnˈwɪtɪŋ/
adjective (usually prenominal)
1.
not knowing or conscious
2.
not intentional; inadvertent
Derived Forms
unwittingly, adverb
unwittingness, noun
Word Origin
Old English unwitende, from un-1 + witting, present participle of witan to know; related to Old High German wizzan to know, Old Norse vita
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for unwitting
adj.

Old English unwitende, from un- (1) "not" + witting. Cf. Old High German unwizzanti, German unwissend, Old Norse uvitandi, Gothic unwitands. Rare after c.1600; revived c.1800.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for unwitting

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for unwitting

13
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for unwitting