Definition of unawares in English:


(also unaware)


  • Without being aware of a situation.

    ‘the photographer had caught her unawares’
    • ‘He is like the hapless pedestrian about to turn unawares face first into an expertly placed custard pie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Waiting for the train, she glances surreptitiously through the commuters at the lovely young thing walking down the platform unawares.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Materialism traps us, unawares, in a world of possessions hag-ridden by irrational fears of likely loss and lurking dangers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The soup inside the shengjian mantou can be quite hot and those who dive in unawares can expect to burn their tastebuds something fierce.’
    • ‘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.’
    by surprise, unexpectedly, without warning, suddenly, abruptly, unprepared, off-guard, cold
    unknowingly, unwittingly, unconsciously, without noticing, in all innocence
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Mid 16th century: from unaware + -s.