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[uhn-red] /ʌnˈrɛd/
not read, as a letter or newspaper.
lacking in knowledge gained by reading; having read little or nothing:
She was intelligent but unread.
having little knowledge of a specific field:
a brilliant chemist unread in biology.
Origin of unread
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English unred. See un-1, read2 Unabridged
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  • So he sits and dreams, holding an open volume, unread, on his knees.

  • Her Ladyship sat with an unread book on her knees gazing into nothingness.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • Natalie pursued her own anxious thoughts over the unread pages of the book in her lap.

    Miss or Mrs.? Wilkie Collins
  • The topic is so interesting that the unread paragraph has to wait.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • The author was Monsieur Charles Perrault, a famous personage in a great perruque, who in his day wrote large volumes now unread.

  • It was boomed, and lay, unread, on every ones drawing-room table.

    Old Mole Gilbert Cannan
  • On the night of April sixth, Lincoln's signatures to the unread despatches of the first of April, came home to roost.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • And off he went, putting the letter, unread, into his pocket.

British Dictionary definitions for unread


(of a book, newspaper, etc) not yet read
(of a person) having read little
(postpositive) foll by in. not versed (in a specified field)
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