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unawares

unawares

adverb un·awares \-ˈwerz\

: without warning

Full Definition of UNAWARES

1
:  without design, attention, preparation, or premeditation
2
:  without warning :  suddenly, unexpectedly

Examples of UNAWARES

  1. <the thunderstorm caught us unawares, and we scrambled to get off the ridge as lightning started to flash>

Origin of UNAWARES

un- + aware + -s, adverb suffix, from Middle English, from -s, genitive singular ending of nouns — more at -s
First Known Use: 1530

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