un·​trained | \ ˌən-ˈtrānd How to pronounce untrained (audio) \

Definition of untrained

1 : not trained: such as
a : not made adept or expert by instruction or experience an untrained journalist untrained in the use of firearms
b : not taught by discipline to conform to certain behaviors an untrained dog
2 : not based on training or knowledge : inexpert an untrained diagnosis To the untrained eye, many wetlands can be deceiving, particularly during drier times of year.— Kathleen Rude

Examples of untrained in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Abingdon, VirginiaTo an untrained eye, the crystal waters of the Clinch River, which meanders southwest across the Virginia-Tennessee border, look clean and healthy. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "A freshwater mussel apocalypse is underway—and no one knows why.," 16 Dec. 2019 Kyé7e taught me to wrap untrained cheek, tongue, and throat muscles around vowel-less syllables. Julian Brave Noisecat, The New Yorker, "Can Film Save Indigenous Languages?," 14 Nov. 2019 And Van Laast's take on the women's furious go-go moves deftly builds a bridge between the unrestrained style of the original untrained dancers and the more disciplined athleticism of contemporary Broadway pros. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Tina: The Tina Turner Musical': Theater Review," 8 Nov. 2019 Documents from the review cite concerns after G4S slashed wages to underbid competitors and then hired untrained guards when others quit. USA Today, "A security empire deployed guards with violent pasts across the U.S. Some went on to rape, assault or kill," 31 Oct. 2019 There’s trained and untrained, and this one’s been trained the right way. Los Angeles Times, "Column: USC’s Kenan Christon puts on electric performance in win against Arizona," 20 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, the officiating scandal — when an untrained official, General Counsel Woodie Dixon, influenced a call — exposed systemic flaws, enraged the athletic directors and embarrassed the conference. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Larry Scott 2.0: How “slow to react” Pac-12 commissioner dealt with “internal strife” and reinvented his management style," 3 Oct. 2019 That’s not the case in China, where untrained amateurs still do most of the digging. Richard Conniff, National Geographic, "Inside the homes (and minds) of fossil collectors," 25 Sep. 2019 Companies today bring executives to the ranch to learn how Grant Golliher builds a relationship with a skittish, untrained horse through a methodical display of respect, patience and non-violent boundary-setting. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "What executives can learn from a horse," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of untrained

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Untrained.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untrained. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of untrained

: without formal training

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