Unlicked

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Unlicked Not licked; hence, not properly formed; ungainly. Cf. To lick into shape, under Lick v.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unlicked Not licked; not brought to proper shape by licking: from the old popular notion that the she-bear licked her cubs into shape; hence, ungainly; raw; unmannerly; uncultivated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unlicked un-likt′ not licked into shape, shapeless, not smooth—from the old notion that the she-bear licks her cubs into shape, hence ungainly, awkward.
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Usage

In literature:

These unlicked cubs who thought they could out-drink ME!
"John Barleycorn" by Jack London
What an unlicked, impudent, arrogant young cub!
"Kent Knowles: Quahaug" by Joseph C. Lincoln
That is always good for an unlicked cub.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
Walpole was plagued one morning with that oaf of unlicked antiquity, Prideaux, and his great boy.
"The Jest Book" by Mark Lemon
She said I was an unlicked cub.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
An ill-bred, untutored, unlicked cub, most probably!
"She and I, Volume 1" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Vincent himself had married one of his daughters to a neighbouring squire, whom he denominated an "unlicked cub," but an honest man.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844" by Various
Prothero was, as Tanqueray saw, an unlicked Celt.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Willie is the worst little terror that ever went unlicked, and the twins come next.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
Truly, I was an innocent and unlicked cub.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
I would box your ears for the unlicked pup you are, if I could do it without soiling my palms.
"My Brave and Gallant Gentleman" by Robert Watson
The bloody Bear, an independent beast, Unlicked to form, in groans her hate expressed.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
Fancy a splendid woman like that spending life hammering a lot of unlicked cubs into shape.
"The Triumph of Hilary Blachland" by Bertram Mitford
Lister, you see, is an unlicked colt, and nobody could have said very much to his credit until lately.
"Long Odds" by Harold Bindloss
Now as Mr. Hayes mutters something about "an unlicked cub," she thinks it best to say, "Well, uncle, it isn't for very long.
"Mitchelhurst Place, Vol. I (of 2)" by Margaret Veley
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