verb (used with object)
Origin of expect
Examples from the Web for unexpecting
The only thing I liked at first to do was to trace with slow and unexpecting step the narrow margin of the lake.At Home And Abroad|Margaret Fuller Ossoli
There was I know not what of stealthy joy about her thus creeping in to the unexpecting land.The Complete Essays of John Galsworthy|John Galsworthy
The only thing I liked at first to do, was to trace with slow and unexpecting step the narrow margin of the lake.Summer on the Lakes, in 1843|S.M. Fuller
Unexpecting Dakota Joe's act, Wonota was not prepared for her mount's jump.Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest|Alice B. Emerson
I am impressed by the fact that they are an unexpecting people.The Shuttle|Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for unexpecting
verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
Word Origin for expect
Word Origin and History for unexpecting
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 unexpecting
see when least expected.