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[uhn-wawn-tid, -wohn-, -wuhn-] /ʌnˈwɔn tɪd, -ˈwoʊn-, -ˈwʌn-/
not customary or usual; rare:
unwonted kindness.
Archaic. unaccustomed or unused.
Origin of unwonted
1545-55; un-1 + wonted
Related forms
unwontedly, adverb
unwontedness, noun
Can be confused
unwanted, unwonted. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unwonted
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  • It was not unusual, but her nerves had acquired an unwonted sensitiveness; she shuddered, and rushed from him up the stairs.

  • The village hotel throbbed with the pressure of unwonted business.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • An unwonted shine came into Van Lennop's calm eyes as he listened.

    The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
  • There was a burgeoning within him of strange feelings and unwonted impulses.

    White Fang Jack London
  • And thus men stand together, in unwonted quiet and harmony, awaiting the new movement in advance which all these tokens indicate.

    Sketches and Studies Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • (p. 183) As for the fact itself, it is neither new nor unwonted.

  • Trees of every form, and touched with every shade of verdure, rose to an unwonted height on every side.

  • Mother noticed my unwonted grandeur when I went in to say good-night to her.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The fragrance of the land was sweet to the weary voyagers, and the most taciturn was disposed to unwonted mirth.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • Then she heard her uncle's voice, speaking sharply and with unwonted sternness.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for unwonted


out of the ordinary; unusual
(usually foll by to) (archaic) unaccustomed; unused
Derived Forms
unwontedly, adverb
unwontedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwonted

"not usual," 1550s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of wont.

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