Definition of unlooked-for in US English:



  • Unexpected; unforeseen.

    ‘in his family he found unlooked-for happiness’
    • ‘With the unlooked for assistance of the Americainian Indians, the feathery hordes were eventually beaten back.’
    • ‘Things come out of the blue that are unanticipated, unlooked for - neither dreamt of nor ambitiously sought after.’
    • ‘‘Your father is alive and well, Prince Vincent. ‘Murasaki smiled as hope unlooked for dawned upon the distraught boy.’’
    • ‘This detriment can, I think, best be characterised as the acceptance or continuance of an unlooked for credit risk.’
    • ‘And that will lie in times and places unlooked for.’
    • ‘Here is the unlooked for affirmation, a new physics in which smoke ‘stands’ while windows ‘stream’ and brick is ‘white’ and ‘fireproof; or else/it isn't'. And of course, there is the platitude: ‘no smoke without fire’.’
    • ‘False Spring was my muse for all this refusal of damage as the heart rises in unlooked for sunlight… the blinds flap at the open window light pleating through on the floor’
    • ‘Oh, Lord, I thank you for this unlooked for bounty that you have seen fit to bestow on me.’
    • ‘‘This surprise was unlooked for’ he smiled as he accepted her gifts.’
    • ‘It is a ‘feminist proclivity,’ they write, ‘to astonish by presenting what previously remained not only unseen but unlooked for in mainstream culture.’’
    • ‘Despite this he remained not only ‘missing’ but unlooked for and was allowed to keep his rifle - before unloading it on bus No 165 in Shfaram's Druze neighbourhood.’
    • ‘They arrived unlooked for to find the steward and few other servants that remained on to tend the estate.’
    • ‘The sun burst through in unlooked for directions,’
    unexpected, unforeseen, unanticipated, not bargained for, unhoped-for, unsought, undreamed of, unpredicted
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