simple past tense and past participle of seek.

Related formsself-sought, adjectiveun·sought, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unsought

Contemporary Examples of unsought

  • It is an honor, though of course an unsought one, to be even a small agent of reform of the US justice system.

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    Bring It On, Michael Wolff!

    Conrad Black

    January 5, 2009

Historical Examples of unsought

  • The office has come to me unsought; I commence its duties untrammeled.

  • She was old, plain, unsought; the man she exalted was the flower of his kind.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Indeed, there is no lack of warmth in the caress which greets me, just because it is unsought by others.

  • Money was coming in plentifully, and all the correspondence was unsought.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • His mind had been working on the cruel problem and gave him, unsought, the answer.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for unsought



the past tense and past participle of seek
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Word Origin and History for unsought

early 13c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of seek. Cf. Middle Dutch ongesocht, Dutch ongezocht, Middle High German ungesuochet, German ungesucht.


past tense and past participle of seek, from Old English sohte. Sought-after is from 1881 (sought-for in same sense is from c.1600).

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