[uhn-yoozd for 1, 2; uhn-yoost for 3]


not used; not put to use: an unused room.
never having been used: an unused postage stamp.
not accustomed: unused to cold winters.

Origin of unused

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at un-1, used
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Historical Examples of unused

  • Unused to expressing herself in public, she seemed to be feeling her way.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Indeed, he was so unused to looking at her that he might well have forgotten her outward appearance.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • His mind was all unused to study, and—that day he didn't show her.

  • His little black mare had a daughter, not unused to the saddle.

  • Unused to encounter difficulty, he for a time imagined them insurmountable.


    William Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for unused



(ʌnˈjuːzd) not being or never having been made use of
(ʌnˈjuːst) (postpositive foll by to) not accustomed or used (to something)
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Word Origin and History for unused

c.1300, "unaccustomed," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of use (v.). Meaning "not employed" is recorded from late 14c.

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