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[uhn-bid-n] /ʌnˈbɪd n/
not ordered or commanded; spontaneous.
not asked or summoned; uninvited.
Origin of unbidden
before 1050; Middle English unbiden, Old English unbēden. See un-1, bidden Unabridged
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  • Where was the shrinking, frightened, unbidden guest of a moment before, with downcast eyes and burning cheeks?

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • I will not perjure myself at his bidding; but being with him, I will kneel to him unbidden.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • It came to him suddenly and unbidden, and it lay, a chilly weight, over all his consciousness.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • And still it stayed there all day—the unbidden ghost-guest of his soul.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • As unbidden guests are apt to do, they often come at inconvenient times.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • And how came you unbidden into my private cabinet, Don Felipe?

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • But these must all come and go, untaught, unbidden, from the fulness of the heart.

  • You are here under my roof an unexpected and unbidden guest.

  • But in a fresh assault a soldier, unbidden, hurled a firebrand through the golden door.

British Dictionary definitions for unbidden


not ordered or commanded; voluntary or spontaneous
not invited or asked
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Word Origin and History for unbidden

Old English unbedene, "not asked or invited," from un- (1) "not" + bidden. Cf. Middle Dutch ongebeden, German ungebeten, Old Norse ubeðinn.

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