[ vurst ]
/ vɜrst /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for unversed


/ (vɜːst) /


(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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