Definitions

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  • adv. Unexpectedly, suddenly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Unawares; unexpectedly; -- sometimes preceded by at.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unawares; by surprise.

Etymologies

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Old English unwæres, unwares, from unwær ("unware").

Examples

  • I fortuned unwares to come into the market place, whereas I espied a certaine woman, accompanied with a great many servants, towards whom I drew nigh, and viewed her garments beset with gold and pretious stone, in such sort that she seemed to be some noble matron.

    The Golden Asse

  • But evill fortune would not suffer me to continue in so good estate long: For the shepheards looking about for a Cow that they had lost (after they had sought in divers places) fortuned to come upon us unwares, who when they espied and knew me, they would have taken me by the halter, but he that rode upon my backe resisted them saying, O Lord masters, what intend you to do?

    The Golden Asse

  • For fear the cruel fiendes should thee unwares devour!

    Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

  • For fear the cruel fiends should thee unwares devour.

    The Age of Fable

  • Kimi Raikkönen had an unwares drive to the 3rd position.

    WN.com - Articles related to Why I love Formula One

  • Like vassalage at unwares encountring the eye of maiesty.

    The Historie of Troylus and Cresseida (1609 Edition)

  • But more particularlye I thinke, in the person of Thomalin is meant some secrete freend, who scorned Loue and his knights so long, till at length him selfe was entangled, and unwares wounded with the dart of some beautifull regard, which is Cupides arrowe.

    Shepheardes Calendar

  • Mindyng therefore, to marche safely through the enemies Countrie, and to bee able to aunswere hym on every side, when at unwares the armie might chaunce to be assaulted, and intendyng therefore, accordyng to the antiquitie, to bryng thesame into a square, I would devise to make a quadrant, that the rome therof should be of space on every part Clix. yardes, in this maner.

    Machiavelli, Volume I

  • (as him selff confessed,) to wait upoun the returnyng of the said Lard, as that he did with all diligence; and so being assuredlie informed by what way he came, the said Erle Bothwell foirsett [1020] his way, and cuming upoun him at unwares, did tack him, after that he was evill wounded in the heid; [1021] for nether could he gett his led horse, nor yitt his steall bonet.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • 3 And chanced unwares to meet him in the way, unwares > unexpectedly

    The Faerie Queene — Volume 01

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