un·​re·​hearsed ˌən-ri-ˈhərst How to pronounce unrehearsed (audio)
: not practiced or prepared : not rehearsed : spontaneous
an honest and unrehearsed response
a performance that was largely unrehearsed

Examples of unrehearsed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As unrehearsed as Wiig’s performances seemed on SNL, Michaels says, there was meticulous preparation behind them. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2024 To anyone else, the embrace between Mr. Kelce and Ms. Swift looked like a tender, unrehearsed moment celebrating the culmination of a monthslong journey. Billy Witz, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Then came the unrehearsed and classic cadence-call finish, one that will forever be his signature call and Zenyatta’s moment. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2023 Are your hilarious eyebrow-raising looks directly into camera unrehearsed? Margy Rochlin, Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2023 The short recording of a verse in English, unrehearsed and something of a surprise for Gilberto, launched her to international superstardom, with the album going on to win four Grammys. Dan Heching, CNN, 6 June 2023 The content is completely unrehearsed, just like live improv theater, and the combination of suggestions from the listeners and creative choices from the performers can be totally unpredictable. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 12 May 2023 Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1838 went unrehearsed. Sathnam Sanghera, wsj.com, 5 May 2023 Scientists identify secret ingredient in Leonardo da Vinci paintings Whether Lizzy is confronting Jo or chiding her dad, played by a charming Judd Hirsch, the film's conversations and low-stakes spats crackle in their realism, with Williams and the rest of the cast working unrehearsed. Thomas Page, Cnn, CNN, 8 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unrehearsed was in the 15th century

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“Unrehearsed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrehearsed. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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