un·​re·​hearsed | \ ˌən-ri-ˈhərst How to pronounce unrehearsed (audio) \

Definition of unrehearsed

: not practiced or prepared : not rehearsed : spontaneous an honest and unrehearsed response a performance that was largely unrehearsed

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Recent Examples on the Web Shaquille O’Neal was a nonfactor as a host, delivering an awkward monologue and woefully unrehearsed bits that showed why Shaq has largely abandoned his acting career in retirement. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The NBA’s Awards Show is Painful to Watch," 25 June 2019 Play-by-play announcers—of which race callers are foundational—are unwittingly thrust into providing an unrehearsed soundtrack to history, words and emotions that will be replayed endlessly. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Remembering Chic Anderson’s Legendary Call of Secretariat’s Record Run at 1973 Belmont Stakes," 4 June 2018 The festival, which started in France in 1982, will boast massive groups of musicians delivering unrehearsed performances. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Make Music Day To Return This Summer With More Than 4,500 Events," 4 Apr. 2018 In a last-minute, unrehearsed addition, black student organizers wanted to address a letter that had appeared in the school’s newspaper. Anne Branigin, The Root, "A ‘Double Standard’: Black Parkland, Fla., Students Speak Out on Black Lives Matter Message Being Shut Down by School Days Before Shooting," 9 Apr. 2018 Most of Lorde’s moves, however, seemed more impulsive and improvised — unrehearsed, as if no one were watching. Timothy Finn, kansascity, "Lorde tells Kansas City crowd that 'Royals' 'is our song, and no one else’s' | The Kansas City Star," 4 Mar. 2018 Responding to what seemed like an unrehearsed question from host Geoff Keighley, Mustard appeared genuinely upset that Fortnite players can't play with those on other platforms. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Fortnite developer: Players “deserve” cross-console play," 8 Dec. 2017 But apparently those lines, though eloquently delivered, were unrehearsed. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Moments at the 2016 Oscars," 29 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of unrehearsed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unrehearsed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrehearsed. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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chiefly US : not practiced or prepared in advance

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