adjective \-ˈbi-dən\

: not asked for or invited

Full Definition of UNBIDDEN

:  not bidden :  unasked, uninvited <barged in unbidden>

Variants of UNBIDDEN

un·bid·den also un·bid \-ˈbid\

Examples of UNBIDDEN

  1. thoughts that come to the mind unbidden
  2. <she arrived, unbidden, to help out at the Red Cross center>

Origin of UNBIDDEN

Middle English unbiden, unbeden, from Old English unbeden, from un- + beden, past participle of biddan to entreat — more at bid
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with UNBIDDEN


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