[uhn-in-ter-uh-stid, -truh-stid, -tuh-res-tid]
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Origin of uninterested

First recorded in 1640–50; un-1 + interested
Related formsun·in·ter·est·ed·ly, adverbun·in·ter·est·ed·ness, noun
Can be confuseddisinterested uninterested (see usage note at disinterested)

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Usage note

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Historical Examples of uninterested

  • Vivian became also one of the audience, and not an uninterested one.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • Life spoke most earnestly and well to an uninterested group of women.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • So long as Calhoun did not touch the control-board, though, he was uninterested.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Have you ever observed an enthusiastic teacher with an uninterested class?

    The Mind and Its Education

    George Herbert Betts

  • "No doubt you're right," murmured old Neeld, both uneasy and uninterested.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

British Dictionary definitions for uninterested


  1. indifferent; unconcerned
Derived Formsuninterestedly, adverbuninterestedness, noun


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Word Origin and History for uninterested

1640s, "unbiased," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of interest. It later meant "disinterested" (1660s); sense of "unconcerned, indifferent" is recorded from 1771. This is the correct word for what often is miscalled disinterested.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper