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[uhn-wawn-tid, -wohn-, -wuhn-] /ʌnˈwɔn tɪd, -ˈwoʊn-, -ˈwʌn-/
not customary or usual; rare:
unwonted kindness.
Archaic. unaccustomed or unused.
Origin of unwonted
First recorded in 1545-55; un-1 + wonted
Related forms
unwontedly, adverb
unwontedness, noun
Can be confused
unwanted, unwonted. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unwonted
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  • The village hotel throbbed with the pressure of unwonted business.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • But the rest of the men slept heavily, seizing the unwonted chance.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • In an unwonted mood of expansion he turned to Mali-ya-bwana.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • There was a burgeoning within him of strange feelings and unwonted impulses.

    White Fang Jack London
  • (p. 183) As for the fact itself, it is neither new nor unwonted.

  • Mother noticed my unwonted grandeur when I went in to say good-night to her.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then she heard her uncle's voice, speaking sharply and with unwonted sternness.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "We do all right," said Philip, amused at her unwonted vanity.

  • But Rotherby scarce looked at him, and answered with unwonted shortness.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Some fell into unwonted silence, while the gestures of the rest were equally significant.

    The Symposium Xenophon
British Dictionary definitions for unwonted


out of the ordinary; unusual
(usually foll by to) (archaic) unaccustomed; unused
Derived Forms
unwontedly, adverb
unwontedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwonted

"not usual," 1550s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of wont.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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