ignorant or unaware: unknowing aid to the enemy.

Origin of unknowing

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at un-1, knowing
Related formsun·know·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unknowing

Contemporary Examples of unknowing

Historical Examples of unknowing

  • I hadn't returned it, after all; had been gripping it all the time, unknowing.

  • "Nowhere on earth, Esther," replied David, unknowing why he said so.

    An Old Woman's Tale

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • They were unknowing in the art of disguising their feelings.


    William Godwin

  • It was as though all unknowing I had heard a whisper or seen something.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • But for thee I should have passed away, unknowing the glory of manhood.

British Dictionary definitions for unknowing



not knowing; ignorant
(postpositive often foll by of) without knowledge or unaware (of)
Derived Formsunknowingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unknowing

c.1300, "without knowledge, ignorant," from un- (1) "not" + present participle of know (v.). Noun meaning "ignorance" is mid-14c. Related: Unknowingly.

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