adjective Date: 1592 previously unknown; especially unprecedented <
moving at unheard-of speeds

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

  • unheard-of — adjective previously unknown a first novel by an unheard of writer developments on an unheard of scale • Similar to: ↑unknown * * * adj 1 UNTHINKABLE, inconceivable, unbelievable, unimaginable, undreamed of, unprecedented, extraordinary,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • unheard of — 1) ADJ: v link ADJ You can say that an event or situation is unheard of when it never happens. Meals are taken communally with other guests in the dining room. Private bathrooms and toilets are unheard of... It s almost unheard of in France for a …   English dictionary

  • unheard-of — /un herrd uv , ov , euhv/, adj. 1. that was never heard of; unknown: an unheard of artist. 2. such as was never known before; unprecedented: an unheard of salary. 3. shocking or outrageous: unheard of conduct. [1585 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unheard-of — un heard ,of adjective something that is unheard of is very unusual or has never happened before: This was an unheard of piece of luck …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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