[ uhn-noh-ing ]
/ ʌnˈnoʊ ɪŋ /


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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British Dictionary definitions for unknowingly


/ (ʌnˈnəʊɪŋ) /


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 unknowingly



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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