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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This offseason, the Ducks experienced significant roster turnover, some of which was unexpected. oregonlive.com, "Anthony Mathis, New Mexico’s leading scorer, enters NCAA transfer portal, names Oregon Ducks early favorite," 3 June 2019 Months later, completely unexpected and in a location far away from Heshingen, I was shown that very tiara! Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Two Rare Fabergé Tiaras With Ties to the Russian Royal Family Are Up for Auction," 10 Apr. 2019 Its free-to-play nature, combined with developer Epic Games’ breakneck update pace, allowed the game to flourish, constantly changing in ways both obvious and unexpected. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 The Mariners’ first run came in the most unexpected of ways. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners lose first game of season on pinch-hit home run in ninth inning," 29 Mar. 2019 The key is to plan for the unexpected and take advantage of the many ways your second home can reward you emotionally and financially. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "How to Get the Most Out of a Second Home," 24 Mar. 2019 And, in the most unexpected The Bachelor finale twist of all, Colton Underwood's hair...had some feelings of its own. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "To Colton Underwood's Hair During 'The Bachelor' Finale: Wyd?," 12 Mar. 2019 As Adler sees it, the best spaces always have some element of the unexpected, the weird, the off-kilter—that's what makes them interesting. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Do Glam Interiors Right," 11 Mar. 2019 Something unexpected—and unacceptable—happened during Ariana Grande's Coachella set Sunday night (April 21). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Not OK: Someone Threw a Lemon at Ariana Grande During Her Coachella Set Last Night," 22 Apr. 2019

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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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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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