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  1. not finished; incomplete or unaccomplished.
  2. lacking some special finish or surface treatment, as polish, paint, etc.
  3. (of cloth) not sheared following the looming process.
  4. (of worsted) given a slight nap.
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Origin of unfinished

First recorded in 1530–40; un-1 + finished
Related formsun·fin·ished·ness, noun
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  1. incomplete or imperfect
  2. (of paint, polish, varnish, etc) without an applied finish; rough
  3. (of fabric) unbleached or not processed
  4. (of fabric) with a short nap
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Word Origin and History for unfinished


1550s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of finish (v.).

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