un·​schooled | \ ˌən-ˈsküld How to pronounce unschooled (audio) \

Definition of unschooled

1 : not schooled : untaught, untrained an unschooled woodsman
2 : not artificial : natural unschooled talent

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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 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, "Scholars turn anew to an old question: If Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, how did he do it?," 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, "Early Works by Edward Hopper Found to Be Copies of Other Artists," 28 Sep. 2020 The nominee viewed him as too young and too unschooled in foreign affairs to help him in the campaign or White House. New York Times, "Obama and Biden’s Relationship Looks Rosy. It Wasn’t Always That Simple.," 16 Aug. 2019 The Best Cook in the World, by Rick Bragg Rick Bragg’s scrumptious food memoir is a tribute to his region, his family, and his mother, who was an unschooled but gifted cook. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 best books of April: the Monitor's picks," 9 Apr. 2018 Germany is subject to many of the same divisions that have given rise to populist movements lifting Trump in the U.S. and Brexit in the U.K. — young against old, educated against unschooled, urban against rural. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "How the fall of Berlin Wall paved way for Germany’s populists," 2 Feb. 2018 Like many of those who founded Hollywood, Goldwyn was an unschooled immigrant who went from mundane work to creating a world of glamour. latimes.com, "Today: Fact-Checking Trump’s State of the Union," 31 Jan. 2018 Coleman himself supplements his buoyant alto playing with art brut-style contributions on trumpet and violin, and his unschooled embrace of those instruments caused additional pushback from listeners. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills Two overlooked Ornette Coleman albums from the late 60s finally get reissued," 6 Oct. 2017 Pruett said Elevation Resources recently had a fracking job that was supposed to take seven days but lasted nine because unschooled roughnecks caused some equipment malfunctions. Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg.com, "In World’s Hottest Oil Patch, Jitters Mount That a Bust Is Near," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of unschooled

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unschooled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unschooled. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unschooled

formal + old-fashioned : not formally taught or trained


un·​schooled | \ ˌən-ˈsküld How to pronounce unschooled (audio) \

Kids Definition of unschooled

: not trained or taught

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