un·​bid·​den | \ ˌən-ˈbi-dᵊn How to pronounce unbidden (audio) \
variants: or less commonly unbid \ ˌən-​ˈbid How to pronounce unbid (audio) \

Definition of unbidden

: not bidden : unasked, uninvited barged in unbidden

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unbidden


unasked, uninvited, unsolicited, unsought


requested, solicited

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Examples of unbidden in a Sentence

thoughts that come to the mind unbidden she arrived, unbidden, to help out at the Red Cross center

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My rods had crossed entirely unbidden by human force. Ben Hewitt, Popular Mechanics, "The Joy and Agony of Drilling Your Own Well," 31 Jan. 2017 The longtime principal’s influence is clear, said Robin Rosenblum, a former parent association and Stressbusters leader, who said parents often approached her unbidden to recount how Goodwin had helped with a mental-health crisis or family problem. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "Longtime leader of ‘overachievers’ stepping down at Walt Whitman High," 17 June 2018 Ask someone to check your house for any unexpected leave-behinds, such as door hangers from the local pizza joint or those phone books full of ads that show up on the front porch unbidden each year. Safestreets Usa, The Seattle Times, "Easy ways to secure your home before you go on vacation," 20 July 2017 My rods had crossed entirely unbidden by human force. Ben Hewitt, Popular Mechanics, "The Joy and Agony of Drilling Your Own Well," 31 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of unbidden

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unbidden

Middle English unbiden, unbeden, from Old English unbeden, from un- + beden, past participle of biddan to entreat — more at bid entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unbidden

formal : not asked for or invited

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a topic to which one constantly reverts

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