not read, as a letter or newspaper.
lacking in knowledge gained by reading; having read little or nothing: She was intelligent but unread.
having little knowledge of a specific field: a brilliant chemist unread in biology.

Nearby words

  1. unquote,
  2. unraped,
  3. unravel,
  4. unreachable,
  5. unreactive,
  6. unreadable,
  7. unready,
  8. unreal,
  9. unrealistic,
  10. unreality

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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British Dictionary definitions for unread



(of a book, newspaper, etc) not yet read
(of a person) having read little
(postpositive foll by in) not versed (in a specified field)
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