[ uhn-kawld-fawr ]
/ ʌnˈkɔldˌfɔr /
not called for; not required; superfluous; unwanted.
unwarranted; unjustified; improper: an uncalled-for criticism.
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a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
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Origin of uncalled-for
First recorded in 1600–10
Words nearby uncalled-for
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British Dictionary definitions for uncalled for
/ (ˌʌnˈkɔːldfɔː) /
unnecessary or unwarranted
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Idioms and Phrases with uncalled for
Not justified, undeserved, as in That rude remark was uncalled for. [Early 1800s] Also see call for, def. 3.
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