[ uhn-kend; Scots uhn-kent ]

adjectiveChiefly Scot.

Origin of unkenned

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at un-1, ken, -ed2

Words Nearby unkenned

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How to use unkenned in a sentence

  • "Deliverer and spoiler are alike unkenned, then," said Bertha.

  • They knew scarcely anything of the district, which lay to them, as was said, "like some unkenned-of isle ayont New Holland."

    In the Border Country | W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
  • What call had ye to put your neck in danger for an unkenned man's sake?

    The Firebrand | S. R. Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for unkenned


unkent (ʌnˈkɛnt)

/ (ʌnˈkɛnd) /

  1. Scot and Northern English dialect unknown

Origin of unkenned

C14: from un- 1 + ken

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