Definition of unawares in English:

unawares

(also unaware)

adverb

  • Without being aware of a situation.

    ‘the photographer had caught her 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.’
    • ‘To be sure, Dan Rather's half-hour broadcasts venture unawares into the realm of outsider art.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The soup inside the shengjian mantou can be quite hot and those who dive in unawares can expect to burn their tastebuds something fierce.’
    • ‘Materialism traps us, unawares, in a world of possessions hag-ridden by irrational fears of likely loss and lurking dangers.’
    • ‘We do not express our needs clearly and concisely and end up with situations to which we have contributed unawares.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Waiting for the train, she glances surreptitiously through the commuters at the lovely young thing walking down the platform unawares.’
    by surprise, unexpectedly, without warning, suddenly, abruptly, unprepared, off-guard, cold
    unknowingly, unwittingly, unconsciously, without noticing, in all innocence
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from unaware + -s.

Pronunciation

unawares

/ʌnəˈwɛːz/