[ uhn-red ]
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  1. not read, as a letter or newspaper.

  2. lacking in knowledge gained by reading; having read little or nothing: She was intelligent but unread.

  1. having little knowledge of a specific field: a brilliant chemist unread in biology.

Origin of unread

First recorded in 1425–75, unread is from the late Middle English word unred.See un-1, read2

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How to use unread in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for unread


/ (ʌnˈrɛd) /

  1. (of a book, newspaper, etc) not yet read

  2. (of a person) having read little

  1. (postpositive foll by in) not versed (in a specified field)

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