Definition of unawares in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnəˈwɛːz/
(also unaware)


Without being aware of a situation: the photographer had caught her unawares
More example sentences
  • We do not express our needs clearly and concisely and end up with situations to which we have contributed 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.
  • 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.
by surprise, unexpectedly, without warning, suddenly, abruptly, unprepared, off-guard, cold;
informal with one's trousers/pants down, napping, in flagrante
British informal on the hop


Mid 16th century: from unaware + -s3.

Words that rhyme with unawares

backstairs, chargés d'affaires, downstairs, Pears, theirs, understairs, upstairs

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