un·​earned | \ ˌən-ˈərnd How to pronounce unearned (audio) \

Definition of unearned

1 : not gained by labor, service, or skill unearned income
2 : scored as a result of an error by the opposing team an unearned run

Examples of unearned in a Sentence

Bank interest is regarded as unearned income.
Recent Examples on the Web North Carolina State starter Matt Willadsen, who entered with a 4.97 ERA, allowed one unearned run in his four innings. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 14 June 2021 Prizina worked two innings, giving up two hits and an unearned run, while Strowd, who got his first save, allowed a hit and earned run over one inning of work. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, 5 June 2021 Shortstop Jalen Battles had a ground ball go under his glove for an error in the second inning, leading to an unearned run. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2021 The effort by DiPaola backed up a superb outing by fellow junior Carson Allen, who went 5 2/3 innings and scattered five hits, allowed an unearned run and struck out five. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, 5 June 2021 Zack Littell had the next inning and allowed an unearned run thanks to his wild throw into center on an easy double-play comebacker, then lefty Conner Menez contributed two scoreless innings. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2021 Montgomery botched Joey Wendle's grounder in the seventh, setting up another unearned Rays run. Scott Orgera, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 The Cardinal scored an unearned run in the first inning, then added a pair of runs in the third and eight innings, beating the Beavers with ease to clinch a series victory. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 28 May 2021 Jack Richardson hurled a complete game, allowing one unearned run and striking out seven as the Tigers (5-4) nabbed the Hockomock League win. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of unearned

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unearned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unearned. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unearned

: not earned by working


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