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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But this new booties may just be her coolest, and most unexpected, yet. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Has Her Own Take on the Yummy-Mummy Boot," 6 Feb. 2019 The breakup wasn’t unexpected, as Micron had signaled its intention to terminate the agreement last year. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel kills Optane 'Core+' desktop processor bundles as 3D XPoint venture dissolves," 15 Jan. 2019 As well as that, Meghan provided a look that was completely unexpected but amazing, selecting a bold purple dress under a vivid red coat for the visit. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Bright Purple and Red Look Had a Sweet Connection to Princess Diana," 15 Jan. 2019 Placing offensive missiles on an unmanned ship would provide the Navy with greater flexibility in engaging enemy targets, flanking enemy forces, and then launching missiles from unexpected directions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What We Know About the U.S. Navy's Drone Fleet of the Future," 15 Jan. 2019 According to the Daily Mail, a fellow shopper at The Range overheard the Duchess of Cambridge call Princess Charlotte by an adorable, and unexpected, nickname. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton’s Nickname for Princess Charlotte Is Beyond Adorable," 26 Dec. 2018 There's also Nancy's love triangle with Jonathan and Steve to think about, not to mention the adorable, and unexpected, friendship between Dustin and Steve. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "'Stranger Things' Season 3: Everything We Know So Far," 10 Dec. 2018 Seeing Amy Sherman-Palladino without her trademark top hat is unexpected, to say the least—like observing a particularly ebullient peacock sans opulent plumage. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 9 Dec. 2018 On further inspection, the fossils from the South Dakota site yielded something unexpected: shark teeth. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "A New Shark Species Was Found in the Mud of Sue the T. Rex," 21 Jan. 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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