[ uhn-red ]
/ ʌnˈrɛd /


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.

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

/ (ʌnˈrɛd) /


(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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