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[uhn-wawn-tid, -wohn-, -wuhn-]
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  1. not customary or usual; rare: unwonted kindness.
  2. Archaic. unaccustomed or unused.
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Origin of unwonted

First recorded in 1545–55; un-1 + wonted
Related formsun·wont·ed·ly, adverbun·wont·ed·ness, noun
Can be confusedunwanted unwonted
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Related Words for unwonted

abnormal, amazing, astonishing, atypical, awe-inspiring, awesome, bizarre, conspicuous, curious, distinguished, eminent, exceptional, extraordinary, far-out, inconceivable, incredible, memorable, noteworthy, novel, odd

Examples from the Web for unwonted

Historical Examples of unwonted

  • The village hotel throbbed with the pressure of unwonted business.


    W. A. Fraser

  • But the rest of the men slept heavily, seizing the unwonted chance.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • In an unwonted mood of expansion he turned to Mali-ya-bwana.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • There was a burgeoning within him of strange feelings and unwonted impulses.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • (p. 183) As for the fact itself, it is neither new nor unwonted.

British Dictionary definitions for unwonted


  1. out of the ordinary; unusual
  2. (usually foll by to) archaic unaccustomed; unused
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Derived Formsunwontedly, adverbunwontedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwonted


"not usual," 1550s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of wont.

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