un·​paved ˌən-ˈpāvd How to pronounce unpaved (audio)
: not covered with a firm, level surface of asphalt, concrete, etc. : not paved
an unpaved road

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Givat Avoda camp was only 42 miles from Krimml, but the unpaved road was in such poor condition that the drive to the hike’s entry point took four hours. Rebecca Frankel, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2023 Watching the Alzheimer’s research world from the outside over the past two years has felt like a car ride over an unpaved mountain road without a seatbelt. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2022 Reaching it from the district capital requires a day of driving on unpaved, craggy road. Rozina Ali, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2022 Finally, don’t miss taking the 25-minute ferry from Órzola to La Graciosa island, a tiny volcanic hamlet with unpaved roads and paradisiacal sandy beaches. Monica Mendal, Vogue, 6 Jan. 2023 When Dallas was still a town of muddy, unpaved roads and cotton fields, a Chinese entrepreneur by the name of Joe Hay opened Star Restaurant on Main Street. Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2022 Another part of the puzzle is what happens on the Kreminna-Svatove front to the north, where Ukrainian offensive operations have been literally bogged down because of weather that has made unpaved roads impassable. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2022 These wheelsets were frequently underbuilt for rough, unpaved surfaces and built around narrow rims that weren’t a good match for progressively larger gravel tires. Josh Patterson, Outside Online, 28 Sep. 2020 In addition to over 6 miles of paved and unpaved trails, the park has a reconstructed observation tower that offers a stunning view of the downtown San Antonio skyline. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1533, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpaved was circa 1533

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“Unpaved.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpaved. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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