[uhn-spoh-kuh n]


implied or understood without being spoken or uttered.
not addressed (usually followed by to).
not talking; silent.

Origin of unspoken

First recorded in 1325–75, unspoken is from the Middle English word unspokyn. See un-1, spoken



verb (used with object), un·spoke, un·spo·ken, un·speak·ing. Obsolete.

to recant; unsay.

Origin of unspeak

First recorded in 1595–1605; un-2 + speak
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Examples from the Web for unspoken

Contemporary Examples of unspoken

Historical Examples of unspoken

  • When this room had last been lighted, the parable of the Virgins of the Lamps was yet unspoken.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • And a second time he nodded acquiescence to his unspoken thought.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • "I don't understand this," said Greer, in answer to Madden's unspoken perplexity.

  • A rattle of firearms far off on the other side of the river left it unspoken.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • She paused, and Wrayson, without hesitation, answered her unspoken question.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for unspoken



understood without needing to be spoken; tacit
not uttered aloud


verb -speaks, -speaking, -spoke or -spoken

an obsolete word for unsay
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Word Origin and History for unspoken

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of speak. Cf. Middle Dutch ongesproken, Middle Low German ungesproken.

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