un·​lit·​er·​ary ˌən-ˈli-tə-ˌrer-ē How to pronounce unliterary (audio)
: not literary
D. H. Lawrence died in March 1930, when I was just 13 years old and too unliterary to notice.Anthony Burgess
Mr. Singer was a modest man with an unassuming and unliterary style of life: he liked to wear plain business suits and he preferred dairy restaurants to writers' bars.Eric Pace

Examples of unliterary in a Sentence

poems written in a natural, unliterary voice
Recent Examples on the Web The bond between Alice and the spiky, decidedly unliterary Felix might flummox. New York Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Both were born as writers in public libraries—hyper-bright American Jewish urban boys from unliterary backgrounds, encountering the classics on their own, without too much pre-sorting, responding with delight, imitation, amusement, and familiarity. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unliterary was in 1788

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“Unliterary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unliterary. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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