[ uhn-lur-nid for 1, 2, 5; uhn-lurnd for 3, 4 ]
/ ʌnˈlɜr nɪd for 1, 2, 5; ʌnˈlɜrnd for 3, 4 /


not learned; not scholarly or erudite.
uneducated; untaught; unschooled; ignorant.
not acquired by instruction, study, etc.
known without being learned.
of or relating to uneducated persons.

Words nearby unlearned

Origin of unlearned

First recorded in 1350–1400, unlearned is from the Middle English word unlerned. See un-1, learned


un·learn·ed·ly, adverb

Definition for unlearned (2 of 2)

[ uhn-lurn ]
/ ʌnˈlɜrn /

verb (used with object)

to forget or lose knowledge of.
to discard or put aside certain knowledge as being false or binding: to unlearn preconceptions.

verb (used without object)

to lose or discard knowledge.

Origin of unlearn

First recorded in 1400–50, unlearn is from the late Middle English word unlernen. See un-2, learn
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British Dictionary definitions for unlearned (1 of 2)

/ (ʌnˈlɜːnɪd) /


ignorant or untaught

Derived forms of unlearned

unlearnedly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for unlearned (2 of 2)

/ (ʌnˈlɜːn) /

verb -learns, -learning, -learned (-ˈlɜːnd) or -learnt

to try to forget (something learnt) or to discard (accumulated knowledge)
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