verb (used with object)
Origin of expect
British Dictionary definitions for unexpectable
verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
Word Origin for expect
Word Origin and History for unexpectable
1550s, "wait, defer action," from Latin expectare/exspectare "await, look out for, desire, hope," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + spectare "to look," frequentative of specere "to look at" (see scope (n.1)).
Figurative sense of "anticipate, look forward to" developed in Latin, attested in English from c.1600. Used since 1817 as a euphemism for "be pregnant." Related: Expected; expecting.
Idioms and Phrases with unexpectable
see when least expected.