un·​trained ˌən-ˈtrānd How to pronounce untrained (audio)
: not trained: such as
: not made adept or expert by instruction or experience
an untrained journalist
untrained in the use of firearms
: not taught by discipline to conform to certain behaviors
an untrained dog
: 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 To the untrained eye, coyotes and wolves look a lot alike. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Apr. 2024 Immigrant rights advocates have said this would leave the fate of a migrant's path to asylum in the hands of untrained officers. Armando Garcia, ABC News, 19 Dec. 2023 Huppert plays a footloose and intense French woman at large in Korea and vaguely making ends meet as an untrained language tutor with eccentric methods. Patrick Frater, Variety, 19 Feb. 2024 Fienberg believes some vendors submitted documents as proof of certification to Amazon in the years since that look legitimate to an untrained eye, but are missing quantitative results of a safety test. USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2024 What’s so special about a Z-grill To the untrained eye, the blue one-cent Z-grill, which depicts the nation’s first postmaster general Benjamin Franklin, looks like any old stamp. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 13 Mar. 2024 The untrained ear may not detect a discernible accent used by Golden State natives, but California’s dialects are thoroughly studied by linguists as byproducts of history. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Jan. 2024 To the untrained eye, the groutfit—a monochromatic, corporeal landscape of gray—is boring. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 24 Feb. 2024 To the untrained eye, the trio of species are difficult to distinguish from each other, researchers said. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of untrained was in 1548

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“Untrained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untrained. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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