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 Giolito allowed one unearned run on five hits in 6⅓ innings as the Sox beat the Guardians 2-1 in front of 13,987 on Wednesday to earn a split of the four-game series at Progressive Field. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 14 July 2022 Giolito went 6 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and one unearned run while striking out five and walking one. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 13 July 2022 In the ninth, a throwing error put a runner on base and another reliever gave up a two-out hit to knock him in, putting an unearned run on Hunter’s ledger. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 19 June 2022 Saturday was Iannibelli’s turn to shine as the lefty headed to Stonehill tossed a complete game, allowing three hits, one unearned run, and striking out nine. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2022 The Dodgers’ starters in the sweep — Julio Urías, Walker Buehler and Scherzer — combined to hold San Diego to one unearned run across 19 1/3 innings as the Padres (68-61) managed just nine hits in 34 innings in the series. Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Ryan McGhie had two hits and one RBI and gave up one unearned run over 6⅓ innings to lead the Royals past the host Orioles. Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 The lefty went six innings, allowing just one run (unearned) on two hits and two walks while striking out nine; his performance propelled the Tigers (38-55) to a 7-2 win in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2022 The bad inning came in the fourth when the Tigers scored four runs, three unearned, and left Zach Plesac fit to be tied. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 16 July 2022 See More

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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 7 Aug. 2022.

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