[ uhn-bid-n ]
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  1. not ordered or commanded; spontaneous.

  2. not asked or summoned; uninvited.

Origin of unbidden

before 1050; Middle English unbiden,Old English unbēden.See un-1, bidden
  • Sometimes un·bid .

Words Nearby unbidden

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How to use unbidden in a sentence

  • The words of the priest at the railway inn flashed across his brain unbidden: "You will find it different."

    Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
  • Ascending into the Time Observatory a thought came unbidden into his mind: Others he saved, himself he could not save.

    The Man from Time | Frank Belknap Long
  • unbidden, the Abbot had gone forward through the great doorway and down the gallery that led to the hall of Condillac.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • And as the pale sweet face of the mother met the bright and rosy child-face, each of them was wet with a rush of unbidden tears.

    Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
  • But worse, still worse, they saw through their girlish spectacles dimmed with unbidden tears.

    Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne

British Dictionary definitions for unbidden


/ (ʌnˈbɪdən) /

  1. not ordered or commanded; voluntary or spontaneous

  2. not invited or asked

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