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  1. simple past tense and past participle of unteach.
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  1. not taught; not acquired by teaching; natural: untaught gentleness.
  2. not instructed or educated; naive; ignorant.
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Origin of untaught

(defs 2, 3) un-1 + taught


verb (used with object), un·taught, un·teach·ing.
  1. to cause to be forgotten or disbelieved, as by contrary teaching.
  2. to cause to forget or disbelieve something previously taught.
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Origin of unteach

First recorded in 1525–35; un-2 + teach
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Related Words for untaught

unlearned, uneducated, unschooled, unread, instinctive, unforced, ignorant, illiterate, natural, spontaneous, untrained, uninstructed, untutored

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Historical Examples of untaught

  • It describes a man standing in his own right and working after untaught methods.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Virgins, untaught to love or to dissemble, lifted adoring eyes.

  • Thou art simple yet great; untaught thyself, thou art the teacher of all.

  • Bewick and he are alike in temper; only the one is untaught, the other perfectly taught.

  • No wonder that it should burn in the bosom of an untaught Indian.

British Dictionary definitions for untaught


  1. without training or education
  2. attained or achieved without instruction
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verb -teaches, -teaching or -taught (tr) rare
  1. to cause to disbelieve (teaching)
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