experienced; practiced; skilled; learned (usually followed by in): She was well versed in Greek and Latin.

Origin of versed

1600–10; < Latin versātus busied, engaged (see versatile), with -ed2 for Latin -ātus
Related formsun·versed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unversed

Historical Examples of unversed

  • An uncouth creature of the forest was he, unversed in all the arts of love-making.

  • Only brave and simple of heart, and unversed in the ways of darkness.

    Long Live the King

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Unversed in woman's wiles I flushed with pleasure at her flattering interest.

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke

  • But it was a young hawk, unversed in the way of the muskrat, which had seized him.

    The Watchers of the Trails

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • She was too unversed in the ways of coquetry to see or resent the point of the remark.

    The Gambler

    Katherine Cecil Thurston

British Dictionary definitions for unversed



(postpositive foll by in) thoroughly knowledgeable (about), acquainted (with), or skilled (in)
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Word Origin and History for unversed



"practiced," c.1600, from past participle of obsolete verse "to turn over" (a book, subject, etc.) in study or investigation, from Middle French verser "to turn, revolve" as in meditation, from Latin versare "to busy oneself," literally "to turn to" (see versus).

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