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  • adj. Not checked, not looked over.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not observed or foreseen; unexpected; -- generally with for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not expected or anticipated: rare except in the phrase unlooked for.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Here is a passage which illustrates effectively the kind of unlooked-for obstacle that beset the surveyor's path: --

    Kitchener, Organizer of Victory

  • Sir Patrick said his knighthood – announced in the New Year Honours List – had been “an unlooked-for honour”.

    Pink is the New Blog | Everybody's Business Is My Business » Blog Archive » Patrick Stewart Knighted By Queen Elizabeth II

  • Arriving unlooked for and unwanted, within two days we had made more false steps, more errors of judgement and more enemies than I would have believed possible.

    Duet « A Fly in Amber

  • For most of us, Winter respite comes in the form of a heart, that sentimental keepsake, that unlooked for display of affection, candlelight and a glass of champagne warming us up halfway through this otherwise cold, snowbound, steely gray month.

    Jamie Schler: Valentine's Day Flourless Chocolate Truffle Torte

  • Where the words are singular, to make them plural is the mark of unlooked-for passion; and where they are plural, the rounding of a number of things into a fine-sounding singular is surprising owing to the converse change.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • When magic blossomed unlooked for and unexpected from peasant hovels to castle solars?

    Earl of Durkness

  • Yesterday, an hour before my time of setting out, an old friend from the Country unlooked for; paid me a visit, and, I beg you will regard the circumstance as one of those which may plead some excuse for my failure in calling on you, which must be postponed till some other opportunity.

    Letter 57

  • The end is not implausible, not unlooked for, not unsatisfying, but I found it awkward to encounter a cliffhanger for all that the novel is fraught with a sense of doom throughout.

    To the North, by Elizabeth Bowen « Unknowing

  • But "Under Heaven" serves as a reminder that even a longtime reader can still be surprised by Kay, who brings new gifts, unlooked for, when the "usual" would have been more than enough to satisfy.

    Ilana Teitelbaum: An Epic of Tang Dynasty China: "Under Heaven" by Guy Gavriel Kay

  • Once, after over a decade of uninterrupted victories which began in 1996 at the age of twenty-one, he was asked to explain an unlooked-for failure in a major championship.

    'A Short History of Celebrity'


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