American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Unbeknown.
- adv. Without the knowledge of a specified party. Used with to: Our cousin had been ill for years, unbeknownst to the family.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as unbeknown.
- adv. without the knowledge of
- adj. (usually used with `to') occurring or existing without the knowledge of
- adv. without someone's knowledge
- C. 1636: unusual form of un- + beknown (Wiktionary)
- unbeknown + -st (as in amongst). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“McCain unbeknownst to Warner has indeed picked up a hot charcoal ember with his tongs, and purple with rage waits for Warner to turn back.”
“With no bomb-shell of an October surprise namely a tape coming from Osama bin Laden as was done in the 2004 presidential campaign; a self-inflicted November surprise came about today when Sarah Palin took an active part in a prank phone call unbeknownst to her.”
“P.S. When I hear the word unbeknownst, all I think about is Jeff Conway and Daniel Baldwin's confrontation where Daniel said "unbeknownst to Jeff ...." and Jeff just kept screaming "no I fucking did not, take it back".”
“I know a Japanese woman whose name unbeknownst to her happened to be the same as that of a wanted member of the Japanese "Red Army".”
“How could Paulsons opinions and predilections about subprime RMBS have been "unbeknownst" to ACA at the time?”
“I hate doing anything of the kind "unbeknownst" to people, so there is the exact history of my proceedings.”
“Fitzgerald, Squire Terence Malone, and the other squires of the neighborhood had many a good smoke there, and many a hearty laugh, as they said, quite "unbeknownst" to the English lady and her grand friends.”
“We popped on each seal-island "unbeknownst," and what we discovered we held our jaws on.”
“And the Fed isn't as "unbeknownst" as you may think .... in my opinion.”
“unbeknownst' to yourself you'll awake some morning with it on your lips.”
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