verb (used with object)
Origin of expect
Synonyms for expect
Examples from the Web for unexpecting
Historical Examples of unexpecting
I am impressed by the fact that they are an unexpecting people.The Shuttle
Frances Hodgson Burnett
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
Unexpecting Dakota Joe's act, Wonota was not prepared for her mount's jump.Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest
Alice B. Emerson
Was it the little possessive pronoun that sent the sudden thrill through the unexpecting wrist?Mae Madden
Mary Murdoch Mason
There was I know not what of stealthy joy about her thus creeping in to the unexpecting land.The Complete Essays of John Galsworthy
verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
Word Origin for expect
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.
see when least expected.