unbidden

[ uhn-bid-n ]
/ ʌnˈbɪd n /

adjective

not ordered or commanded; spontaneous.
not asked or summoned; uninvited.

Nearby words

  1. unbent,
  2. unbeseeming,
  3. unbias,
  4. unbiased,
  5. unbiblical,
  6. unbind,
  7. unbirthday,
  8. unbitted,
  9. unbleached,
  10. unblemished

Sometimes un·bid.

Origin of unbidden

before 1050; Middle English unbiden, Old English unbēden. See un-1, bidden

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British Dictionary definitions for unbidden

unbidden

/ (ʌnˈbɪdən) /

adjective

not ordered or commanded; voluntary or spontaneous
not invited or asked
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Word Origin and History for unbidden

unbidden

Old English unbedene, "not asked or invited," from un- (1) "not" + bidden. Cf. Middle Dutch ongebeden, German ungebeten, Old Norse ubeðinn.

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