unheard of

unheard of
un'heard of
adj unheard-of
something that is unheard of is so unusual that it has not happened or been known before
Travel for pleasure was almost unheard of until the 19th century.

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  • Unheard — Un*heard , a. 1. Not heard; not perceived by the ear; as, words unheard by those present. [1913 Webster] 2. Not granted an audience or a hearing; not allowed to speak; not having made a defense, or stated one s side of a question; disregarded;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unheard of — Unheard Un*heard , a. 1. Not heard; not perceived by the ear; as, words unheard by those present. [1913 Webster] 2. Not granted an audience or a hearing; not allowed to speak; not having made a defense, or stated one s side of a question;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unheard-of — unheard′ of adj. 1) cvb unprecedented: an unheard of scientific advance[/ex] 2) cvb outrageous: unheard of extravagance[/ex] 3) not previously known: the debut of an unheard of singer[/ex] • Etymology: 1585–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • unheard — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not heard or listened to. 2) (unheard of) previously unknown …   English terms dictionary

  • unheard — [unhʉrd′] adj. 1. not heard; not perceived by the ear 2. not given a hearing 3. former var. of UNHEARD OF …   English World dictionary

  • unheard-of — [unhʉrd′uv΄] adj. 1. not heard of before; unprecedented or unknown 2. unacceptable or outrageous [unheard of effrontery] …   English World dictionary

  • Unheard-of — Un*heard of, a. New; unprecedented; unparalleled. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unheard — index diffident, ineffable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • unheard of — index extraordinary, implausible, ludicrous, noteworthy, novel, original (creative), peculiar (cur …   Law dictionary

  • unheard — c.1300 not detected by sense of hearing, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + pp. of HEAR (Cf. hear). Meaning unknown, new is attested from late 14c. (O.E. had ungehered in this sense). Usually with of since 1590s. Cf. O.N. oheyrðr, Dan. uhèrt, M.Du.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • unheard-of — [adj] unique, obscure exceptional, inconceivable, little known, nameless, new, novel, outlandish, preposterous, rare, shocking, singular, unbelievable, undiscovered, unfamiliar, unknown, unlikely, unprecedented, unrenowned, unsung, unusual;… …   New thesaurus

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