Definition of unacquainted in English:



  • 1(of two or more people) not having met before; not knowing each other.

    ‘unacquainted people refrain from approaching and addressing one another in public’
    • ‘Each litter-pair contributed four pairs of previously unacquainted piglets.’
    • ‘In several instances, it acted as a facilitator for ‘real’ social interaction between previously unacquainted users.’
    • ‘I even managed to get some random lady with whom I was previously unacquainted to buy me a birthday pint despite sitting with my girlfriend at the time!’
    • ‘Our man Harvey Pekar, for those still unacquainted, has made ends meet with a steady gig as a V.A. hospital file clerk in his hometown of Cleveland for the past 30-odd years.’
    • ‘Unlike unacquainted individuals, friends do not need to establish to each other that they have a sense of humor.’
    • ‘It would have been easy for the unacquainted to determine which was the title-chasing side and which the tormented.’
    • ‘In spite of the intensifying situation, Emily's unacquainted voice was tranquil and soothing.’
    • ‘Whether you're a fan, or largely unacquainted as I was, this CD has pleasures and delights in store for you.’
    • ‘Twelve unacquainted multiparous sows were mixed in pairs after weaning.’
    • ‘38 unacquainted undergraduate participants arrived in the lab in groups of four to six.’
    • ‘If either Diana and Edith, Diana and Frank, or Edith and Frank are strangers, then Alice and the unacquainted pair make three people who do not know one another.’
    • ‘Mixing at young ages reduces fighting in unacquainted domestic pigs.’
    • ‘For those unacquainted, a Whirly-gig is a high-speed circular ride, accelerating as it spins passengers seated in individualized circular compartments in an up-and-down and counter-clockwise rotation.’
    • ‘She found that the most coordination occurred in the conversations of the pairs who were unacquainted and the pairs who disliked each other.’
    • ‘Previously, unacquainted passengers could find themselves sharing a ‘double’ berth of only eighty-eight centimetres in width.’
    • ‘Making matters difficult, though, is that this still is a relatively unacquainted group.’
    • ‘High intuitives appear justified in claiming that they can accurately predict whether two unacquainted strangers will go on to become friends.’
    • ‘Please be unacquainted, and bring nothing with you.’
    • ‘The three were unacquainted, but the coroner discovers a mysterious black fungus in their brains, along with evidence that they had all died in a hallucinatory state.’
    1. 1.1unacquainted with Having no experience of or familiarity with.
      ‘I regret that I am unacquainted with the place’
      • ‘Such is the innocence of those unacquainted with the peculiar folkways of Congress.’
      • ‘Also, in the process, aspects of people's social world that are particularly important to them, but that might not even have crossed the mind of a researcher unacquainted with it, are more likely to be forthcoming.’
      • ‘Reynolds seems here to be denying one of the most valuable purposes of books, namely to provide information about and arouse interest in subjects with which the reader is entirely or largely unacquainted.’
      • ‘It is also highly embarrassing to read DeGroot's confession that he is unacquainted with prior works by Devine, who is arguably one of the most prolific and exciting scholars working in the field of Scottish history.’
      • ‘For those unacquainted with her work, let me give you a treat.’
      • ‘He says that when the painting hangs in Edinburgh it will offer a real chance, even for those previously unacquainted with Raphael, to understand the development of his style.’
      • ‘I will go away from this gathering, for example, knowing the name of Trilleck of Hereford, a fourteenth-century English bishop with whose name I was previously unacquainted.’
      • ‘Likewise, Furman sprinkles his prose with references to the old guard (Bellow, Malamud, and Ozick) as if to mollify unacquainted readers with names of recognizable Jewish authors.’
      • ‘Breaking all my usual rules for watching the blue riband, I decided not to visit the bookie's premises, but to watch the racing in a hostelry with which I am not unacquainted.’
      • ‘And, if you are unacquainted with them, I recommend them unreservedly.’
      unfamiliar with, unaccustomed to, unused to
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