Definition of unawares adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    unawares

     adverb
    adverb
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnəˈweəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnəˈwerz//
     
     
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  1. 1when not expected The camera had caught her unawares. The announcement took me unawares. She came upon him unawares when he was searching her room.
  2. 2(formal) without noticing or realizing He slipped unawares into sleep.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from unaware + -s.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: unawares