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


having or showing no feeling of interest; indifferent.
not personally concerned in something.

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)

Synonyms for uninterested

Usage note

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Examples from the Web for uninterested

Contemporary Examples of uninterested

Historical Examples of uninterested

  • But the lookers on were not uninterested observers of what had past.

  • The cat, uninterested, was consulting her own comfort, and the cricket was persevering for ever in his original statement.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

  • Or are you, like so many of your fellow Franciscans, uninterested in philosophy?

  • There are uninterested people, though there should not be an uninterested normal boy.

  • I looked on her case in a different light to what I could wish or expect any uninterested person to view it in.

British Dictionary definitions for uninterested



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.

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