unexpected

[uhn-ik-spek-tid]

adjective

not expected; unforeseen; surprising: an unexpected pleasure; an unexpected development.

Nearby words

  1. unexceptionable,
  2. unexceptional,
  3. unexcited,
  4. unexciting,
  5. unexcusable,
  6. unexpendable,
  7. unexperienced,
  8. unexplainable,
  9. unexplained,
  10. unexploited

Origin of unexpected

First recorded in 1580–90; un-1 + expect + -ed2

Related formsun·ex·pect·ed·ly, adverbun·ex·pect·ed·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unexpectedly

unexpected

adjective

surprising or unforeseen
Derived Formsunexpectedly, adverbunexpectedness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unexpectedly

unexpected

adj.

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of expect. Related: Unexpectedly.

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