un·​wont·​ed ˌən-ˈwȯn-təd How to pronounce unwonted (audio) -ˈwōn- How to pronounce unwonted (audio)
 also  -ˈwən-,
-ˈwän- How to pronounce unwonted (audio)
: being out of the ordinary : rare, unusual
: not accustomed by experience
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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Word History

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unwonted was in 1553

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“Unwonted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwonted. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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un·​wont·​ed ˌən-ˈwȯnt-əd How to pronounce unwonted (audio) -ˈwōnt- How to pronounce unwonted (audio)
: being out of the ordinary : rare, unusual
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