[uhn-loo kt-fawr]


not expected, anticipated, or foreseen: They were confronted with an unlooked-for situation.

Origin of unlooked-for

1525–35; from phrase look for; see un-1, -ed2
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Examples from the Web for unlooked-for

Historical Examples of unlooked-for

  • In the midst of all this unlooked-for success, Avisseau had ever maintained the modest dignity of his character.

  • They found that it possessed an unlooked-for advantage in its quick absorption of printing-ink.

  • It came suddenly and in an unlooked-for hour, the great question of questions to her as to every woman.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • A lame peasant was the only inhabitant they could discover; but even this was an unlooked-for piece of good fortune.

  • But the dead sheep, look you, was of an unlooked-for plumpness, and breakfast must be partaken of sooner or later.

    The Pursuit

    Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile

British Dictionary definitions for unlooked-for



unexpected; unforeseen
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