Definition of unawares in English:


(also unaware)


  • Without being aware of a situation:

    ‘the photographer had caught her unawares’
    • ‘But don't be so busy grizzling that this week sneaks up on you unawares - and gives you a whole lot more to complain about.’
    • ‘We have an idea of how something will happen, good or bad, that for a few brief moments things will go our way, then something will jump up unawares and throw things off course.’
    • ‘Waiting for the train, she glances surreptitiously through the commuters at the lovely young thing walking down the platform unawares.’
    • ‘The soup inside the shengjian mantou can be quite hot and those who dive in unawares can expect to burn their tastebuds something fierce.’
    • ‘We do not express our needs clearly and concisely and end up with situations to which we have contributed unawares.’
    • ‘To be sure, Dan Rather's half-hour broadcasts venture unawares into the realm of outsider art.’
    • ‘Materialism traps us, unawares, in a world of possessions hag-ridden by irrational fears of likely loss and lurking dangers.’
    • ‘On the off chance that my jokes are so old that a whole new virgin generation has sprung up unawares, here are a couple of sillier ones.’
    • ‘And if a nasty little new variant leaps out of the Fujiaan province of China to catch the experts unawares I'm not going to blame them.’
    • ‘He is like the hapless pedestrian about to turn unawares face first into an expertly placed custard pie.’
    unknowingly, unwittingly, unconsciously, without noticing, in all innocence
    by surprise, unexpectedly, without warning, suddenly, abruptly, unprepared, off-guard, cold
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Mid 16th century: from unaware + -s.