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[uhn-loo kt]
  1. not examined, investigated, or heeded (usually followed by into, on, or at): a crime that remains unlooked into.
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Origin of unlooked

1250–1300 for earlier sense; 1555–65 for current sense; Middle English: neglected; see un-1, look, -ed2
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Examples from the Web for unlooked

Historical Examples

  • Tell me, Mr Dorrit, what surprise would be the most unlooked for and the most acceptable to you.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Such an unlooked for bringing to light of things that must be nameless!

  • It is not three months since the sleep-time, and its renewal was unlooked for.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

  • Is every step we take to be marred by some unlooked for casualty?

  • This new and unlooked for calamity created a ferment in the minds of the natives.

Word Origin and History for unlooked


c.1300, "not attended to, neglected," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of look (v.). With for, "unexpected," attested from 1530s.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper