Definitions

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

  • adj. Not habitual or ordinary; unusual: "Her unwonted breach of delicacy . . . perplexed him” ( George Meredith).
  • adj. Not accustomed; unused.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not customary or habitual; unusual; infrequent; strange.
  • adj. Unused (to); unaccustomed (to) something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not wonted; unaccustomed; unused; not made familiar by practice.
  • adj. Uncommon; unusual; infrequent; rare.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not wonted; not common; uncommon; unusual; infrequent; rare: as, an unwonted sight; unwonted changes.
  • Unaccustomed; unused; not made familiar by practice: as, a child unwonted to strangers.

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

  • adj. out of the ordinary

Etymologies

From un- +‎ wonted. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then, with the waywardness of action which thought and feeling often take in unwonted situations, she began to wonder whether it could be right to be there – not only for her, but for anybody.

    The Old Helmet

  • He recalled the unwonted agitation of Captain Vere and his excited exclamations so at variance with his normal manner.

    Billy Budd

  • Tertullian seems to have often found it necessary to coin unwonted forms of expression, or rather to invent an ecclesiastical nomenclature.

    The Ancient Church Its History, Doctrine, Worship, and Constitution

  • The same day shee was agen taken with a new kind of unwonted fitt, in which, after shee had bin awhile exercised with violence shee got her a sheet [?] & went up & downe, thrusting & pushing, here & there, & anon looking out at a window, & cryed

    Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

  • But whensoever the call came, being so constituted, it was manifest that he should adapt, should adjust himself to the unwonted pressure of new conditions.

    CHAPTER 7

  • In a moment, however, all the unwonted sensations were gone.

    CHAPTER XIII

  • And here on the crest, three hours afterward, he emerged, tired and sweaty, garments torn and face and hands scratched, but with sparkling eyes and an unwonted zestfulness of expression.

    Chapter VIII

  • My pulse rushed up in an unwonted manner, yet my rage mounted with it.

    Chapter 26

  • But the next instant, one of the boatmen, placidly lighting his pipe, was startled by an unwonted harshness in his captain's voice.

    THE GREAT INTERROGATION

  • I to know that his willingness to talk was most unwonted and was where the liquor gave him away.

    CHAPTER II

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  • "She paused again, a little breathless with the unwonted length of her speech, and sat with her lips slightly parted and a deep blush on her cheeks."
    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 20, 2009