Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not checked, not looked over.

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Examples

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

    Kitchener, Organizer of Victory

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Earl of Durkness

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