unwares

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English unwæres, unwares, from unwær (unware).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

unwares (comparative more unwares, superlative most unwares)

  1. (now rare, archaic) Unexpectedly, suddenly.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i:
      Still as he went, he craftie stales did lay / With cunning traines him to entrap vnwares.