un·​wont·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈwȯn-təd How to pronounce unwonted (audio) , -ˈwōn- How to pronounce unwonted (audio) also -ˈwən- or -ˈwän- How to pronounce unwonted (audio) \

Definition of unwonted

1 : being out of the ordinary : rare, unusual
2 : not accustomed by experience

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Other Words from unwonted

unwontedly adverb
unwontedness noun

Examples of unwonted in a Sentence

He was surprised by her unwonted cheerfulness. honored for the unwonted courage he showed in battle
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First Known Use of unwonted

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unwonted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwonted. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unwonted

formal : not normal, usual, or expected

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