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[uhn-fah-th erd]
  1. having no father; fatherless.
  2. of illegitimate or unknown paternity; bastard.
  3. not ascribable to a particular author or source: unfathered tales.
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Origin of unfathered

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-1 + father + -ed3
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Examples from the Web for unfathered

Historical Examples of unfathered

  • And before it had come on for trial the case of Aurora Lane and her unfathered boy.

    The Broken Gate

    Emerson Hough

  • And my dear little unmothered, unfathered boy, how happy I could make him!

    The Story Of Waitstill Baxter

    By Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • Unfathered, un-f′thėrd, adj. having no father, fatherless: not acknowledged by its father.

  • But he turned to his own family, then as always afterwards, with an affection stimulated by his unfathered state in England.

British Dictionary definitions for unfathered


  1. having no known father
  2. of unknown or uncertain origin
  3. archaic fatherless
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