unbeknown [uhn-bi-nohn] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. unknown; unperceived; without one’s knowledge (usually followed by to).

Also un·be·knownst [uhn-bi-nohnst] /ˌʌn bɪˈnoʊnst/. Origin of unbeknown 1630–40; un-1 + beknown (late Middle English beknowe, past participle of beknowen); see be-, known Examples from the Web for unbeknown Historical Examples of unbeknown

  • Where he come from and where he’s gone to is unbeknown to me.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • I told Grant if he could let Jeff Davis escape all unbeknown to himself, to let him go.

    Abraham Lincoln

    William Eleroy Curtis

  • All unbeknown to himself, she had made him stand for his King.

    The Following of the Star

    Florence L. Barclay

  • That, or a three-pronged fork, said Cole, unbeknown to any but herself.

    The Search Party

    G. A. Birmingham

  • That wonderful man, as is always prowling about, unbeknown to any one.

    Cripps, the Carrier

    R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore

  • British Dictionary definitions for unbeknown unbeknown adverb

    1. (sentence modifier foll by to) without the knowledge (of a person)unbeknown to him she had left the country Also (esp Brit): unbeknownst


    1. (postpositive usually foll by to) rare not known (to)

    Word Origin for unbeknown C17: from the archaic beknown known; see be-, know Word Origin and History for unbeknown adj.

    1630s, from un- (1) “not” + beknown (see beknow).

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