un·​caught ˌən-ˈkȯt How to pronounce uncaught (audio)
 also  -ˈkät
: not having been caught
an uncaught criminal
a fly ball that fell uncaught in the outfield

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That ratio can then be used to calculate the number that went uncaught in real life. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 24 Sep. 2021 Fishing for coho has been excellent at times and biologists said 44,000 hatchery coho remained uncaught Monday from the quota of 84,000. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 22 Aug. 2022 Families of victims featured in Kansas' card deck described to CNN a torturous wait for resolution, with some also fearing for their own safety as the killers remain uncaught. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 7 Aug. 2022 An event of that kind can slip away uncaught, because resisting the familiar language resists the familiar point. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 Hail Mary launches fell uncaught against the Giants in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI and when he was strip-sacked by the Eagles in LII. John Powers, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Feb. 2022 When a girl is found murdered nearby, one of the victims of an uncaught villain nicknamed ‘The Spider,’ the factors quickly send Julia into a downward spiral of paranoia. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Underneath the apparent respectability of his paintings, so smooth in their rendering of elegant references to semiotics and psychology, is a bad child, uncatchable and still uncaught, writhing with glee in the surplus fat of the twentieth century. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 24 Nov. 2021 But back-to-back doubles tied the game, and then Robert Andino’s sinking, catchable liner to left went uncaught by Carl Crawford as the Orioles walked off with the win. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uncaught was in the 14th century

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“Uncaught.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncaught. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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