Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Unawares; by surprise.

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

  • adverb obsolete Unawares; unexpectedly; -- sometimes preceded by at.

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

  • adverb archaic Unexpectedly, suddenly.

Etymologies

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

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