One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not carefully or skilfully finished or formed; unpolished; crude, rough.
2Of an animal: newly born; not yet licked into shape; frequently (now chiefly) figurative. Hence, of a person: naive, inexperienced; unsophisticated, unrefined, uncouth.
4Unbeaten, undefeated. Compare "lick". Now rare.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Anthony Stafford (1586/7–c1645), author. From un- + licked.
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