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From Middle English unked, past participle of unkythen, equivalent to un- +‎ ked (an old past participle form of kithe).



unked (comparative more unked, superlative most unked)

  1. (Britain, dialect) odd; strange
    • 1865, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters
      On Tuesday afternoon Molly returned home, to the home which was already strange, and what Warwickshire people would call 'unked,' to her. New paint, new paper, new colours; grim servants dressed in their best, and objecting to every change
  2. (Britain, dialect) ugly
    • 1869, Richard Doddridge Blackmore, Lorna Doone Chapter 17
      And there the little stalk of each, which might have been a pear, God willing, had a ring around its base, and sought a chance to drop and die. The others which had not opened comb, but only prepared to do it, were a little better off, but still very brown and unked, and shrivelling in doubt of health, and neither peart nor lusty.
  3. (Britain, dialect) old
  4. (Britain, dialect) uncouth
  5. (Britain, dialect) lonely; dreary; unkard
    • March 21, 1790, William Cowper, letter to Mrs. Throckmorton
      Weston is sadly unked without you.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for unked in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)