Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not read, studied, or perused: a book that is yet unread.
  • adj. Having read little; lacking in knowledge acquired by reading.
  • adj. Not versed in a specified subject: unread in anthropology.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not having been read.
  • adj. Not having read; uneducated.
  • n. Bad advice or counsel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not read or perused.
  • adj. Not versed in literature; illiterate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not read; not perused.
  • Untaught; not learned in books.
  • n. Bad advice or counsel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not informed through reading

Etymologies

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From Middle English unred, unræd, from Old English unrǣd ("folly, foolish plan; crime, mischief, injury, plot, treachery"), equivalent to un- +‎ rede.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

un- +‎ read

Examples

  • | News | Telegraph: The average Briton spends more than �4,000 on books during his or her lifetime but nearly half of them remain unread, a new study claims.

    Archive 2007-03-11

  • BTW, I very much enjoy your blog, and it has inspired me lately to go out and have the librarians dig up "Connections" from the vaults of the Buffalo, NY library, whence it had lain unread for quite some time, as there was not even a barcode for checking it out.

    Odd picture collection

  • Now that I have a mortgage and a child and bills to pay, and little spare time and a blog, the few magazines that I still subscribe to remain unread for months at a time.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • I am persuasively convinced by the Endsleigh Hotelier that Gilead by Marilynne Robinson should not remain unread on my shelves any longer so that's in the mix.

    52 entries from July 2006

  • How better to ensure that Faulkner and Melville remain unread by the young than to invoke their names in praise of some new bore every week?

    A Reader's Manifesto

  • He stared at her for a moment, his expression unread­able.

    Disordered Minds

  • Shakespeare will remain unread, except by a very few people.

    The Theatre as a Desirable Cultural Force

  • Do you have any long-term unread books on your shelves - and will you continue to keep them indefinitely?

    Book Chase

  • I told Henry about this, and we laughed at the idea of unread newspapers plotting to take over my hotel.

    Henry’s Demons

  • The posts I read are the ones that offer ideas that give pause and consideration, and actually forward the diaglogue, others like the aformentioned, will remain unread. —

    The Early Word: Leftovers - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

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