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[uhn-hurd-uhv, -ov, -uh v]
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  1. that was never heard of; unknown: an unheard-of artist.
  2. such as was never known before; unprecedented: an unheard-of salary.
  3. shocking or outrageous: unheard-of conduct.
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Origin of unheard-of

First recorded in 1585–95
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Related Words for unheard of

implausible, rare, unbelievable, fanciful, unlikely, unimaginable, incredible, improbable, unheard-of, strange, mind-boggling, impossible, extraordinary, unthinkable, unnamed, enigmatic, secluded, cryptic, irrelevant, unknown

British Dictionary definitions for unheard of


  1. previously unknownan unheard-of actress
  2. without precedentan unheard-of treatment
  3. highly offensiveunheard-of behaviour
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Idioms and Phrases with unheard of

unheard of

Very unusual, extraordinary, as in It's unheard of to have all one's money refunded two years after the purchase. This expression alludes to a circumstance so unusual that it has never been heard of. [Late 1500s]

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