- while not aware or conscious of a thing oneself; unknowingly or inadvertently.
- without warning; by surprise; suddenly; unexpectedly: to come upon someone unawares.
Origin of unawares
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Examples from the Web for unawares
At least, Yates, with all his experience, thought he had taken her unawares.In the Midst of Alarms
Blessings, then, upon these young wayfarers, for they have "blessed me unawares."The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
"It was an unexpected blow; it caught me unawares," he said heatedly.Slaves of Mercury
I had unawares added to her grief, for her brother Charley was going to Switzerland too.Wilfrid Cumbermede
You will take them unawares; but I flatter myself you will not find them unprepared.The Universal Reciter
- without prior warning or plan; unexpectedlyshe caught him unawares
- without being aware of or knowinghe lost it unawares
Word Origin and History for unawares
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