unawares

adverb un·awares \ ˌən-ə-ˈwerz \

Definition of unawares

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

Examples of unawares in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of unawares

un- + aware + -s, adverb suffix, from Middle English, from -s, genitive singular ending of nouns — more at -s

unawares Synonyms



UNAWARES Defined for English Language Learners

unawares

adverb

Definition of unawares for English Language Learners

  • : without warning


UNAWARES Defined for Kids

unawares

adverb un·awares \ ˌən-ə-ˈwerz \

Definition of unawares for Students

1 : without warning : by surprise
  • “The danger is being caught unawares.”
  • —Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted
2 : without knowing : unintentionally I came upon them unawares.


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