un·​schooled ˌən-ˈsküld How to pronounce unschooled (audio)
: not schooled : untaught, untrained
an unschooled woodsman
: not artificial : natural
unschooled talent

Examples of unschooled in a Sentence

These things look the same to my unschooled eye. sculptures made by unschooled artists
Recent Examples on the Web Los Angeles officials have spoken openly about attempts to find unschooled students and help remove obstacles that are preventing them from coming to school. Sharon Lurye, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2023 To an unschooled observer, the piano appears to be in good shape, its brown, hardwood body scuffed a bit here and there, and in need of a good sanding and refinishing. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Nov. 2022 The daughter of an unschooled Eastern European immigrant, Dr. Frank was recruited in 1980 to oversee curriculum and instruction for the New York City school system by Chancellor Frank J. Macchiarola. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 7 June 2022 The cat bites with vehemence and a yowl that communicates even to the unschooled. Alexandra Horowitz, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2022 In less than five days, Hartery has grown from being an unschooled bicyclist to a master on her two-wheeler in the parking lot of Conard High School in West Hartford, courtesy of the iCan Bike program. Isabella Chan, courant.com, 2 Aug. 2021 The whole project by a relatively unschooled and little-known young man was completed in about three months during the spring of 1829, leaving many questions in its wake. Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Sep. 2020 That’s a classic move in American culture: To see the unschooled and homespun as more authentic — and especially as more authentically American — than the sophistries of those decadent old Europeans. Blake Gopnik, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unschooled was in 1589

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“Unschooled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unschooled. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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un·​schooled ˌən-ˈsküld How to pronounce unschooled (audio)
: not schooled : untaught, untrained
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