[uhn-hurd-uhv, -ov, -uh v]
that was never heard of; unknown: an unheard-of artist.
such as was never known before; unprecedented: an unheard-of salary.
shocking or outrageous: unheard-of conduct.
Origin of unheard-of
First recorded in 1585–95
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Related Words for unheard ofimplausible, rare, unbelievable, fanciful, unlikely, unimaginable, incredible, improbable, unheard-of, strange, mind-boggling, impossible, extraordinary, unthinkable, unnamed, enigmatic, secluded, cryptic, irrelevant, unknown
previously unknownan unheard-of actress
without precedentan unheard-of treatment
highly offensiveunheard-of behaviour
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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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