unexpected

adjective
un·​ex·​pect·​ed | \ ˌən-ik-ˈspek-təd How to pronounce unexpected (audio) \

Definition of unexpected

: not expected : unforeseen

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Other Words from unexpected

unexpectedly adverb
unexpectedness noun

Examples of unexpected in a Sentence

an unexpected turn of events I'm sad that she's leaving, but it was not unexpected.

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Black remained the default for going out, but unexpected details offered a fresh take on the LBD. Vogue, "This Week, Stars Embraced Dramatic Details and Took the LBD to New Heights," 8 Apr. 2019 That’s an exaggeration, but the left’s unexpected defeat in the high-stakes and relatively high-turnout election is a notable turn from the last two years in the bellwether state. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Liberal Defeat in Wisconsin," 3 Apr. 2019 Stumbling upon my career was an unexpected bonus of the visit. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "3 Ways I Make Nutrition Advice More Culturally Relevant to Muslim Women Like Myself," 3 Apr. 2019 Country underdog Musgraves continued her unexpected awards season showing with her Album of the Year nod. Aja Romano, Vox, "Grammy nominations 2019: Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther soundtrack and Drake lead the pack," 7 Feb. 2019 Like Golden State’s unexpected play for DeMarcus Cousins, this signing works because Denver’s worst-case scenario is a clean break should Thomas struggle with his health or role. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Grades: Isaiah Thomas Can Rejuvenate Career in Nuggets' Low-Risk Gamble," 13 July 2018 An unexpected frost will kill plants, and the vines grow slowly and become stressed in cool conditions. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 12 July 2018 Select a range of simple yet elegant glasses and plates with unexpected details in warm metallics that offer an updated alternative to the classic (but sometimes chilly) midcentury chrome. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 2019 The couple has been out of sight in recent weeks, but that wasn’t entirely unexpected. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Inside Meghan Markle's First 100 Days in the Royal Family," 27 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of unexpected

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unexpected was circa 1586

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More Definitions for unexpected

unexpected

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unexpected

: not expected

unexpected

adjective
un·​ex·​pect·​ed | \ ˌən-ik-ˈspek-təd How to pronounce unexpected (audio) \

Kids Definition of unexpected

: not expected : unforeseen an unexpected visit

Other Words from unexpected

unexpectedly adverb

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