There is a specific word meaning 'without my asking' and I cannot seem to recall it whatsoever. Used in a sentence: "she told me all about her personal life 'without my asking."


spontaneous: Happening or arising without apparent external cause; self-generated; coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency; without effort or premeditation.

unsolicited: Not looked for or requested; unsought.

unprompted: proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus.

unasked: not asked for; unrequested: not asked for.

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    'Unsolicited' certainly works fine, with rephrasing. 'Unsolicitedly' probably exists but perhaps shouldn't. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 10 '14 at 7:20

Another alternative would be unbidden.


unsolicited : given or supplied without being requested or asked for

This is exactly the word you're looking for.

This adjective is used fairly often with nouns like advice and information.

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    Yes, this is perhaps 'the correct answer'. But it's already been given. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 10 '14 at 9:03

on one's own initiative/account

on one's own initiative/account: without prompting or directions from others; on one's own

on one's own hook

on one's own hook: US if you do something on your own hook, you do it without anyone else telling you or asking you to do it

off one's own bat

off one's own bat: if you do something off your own bat, you do it without anyone else telling you or asking you to do it

flat out

flat out: in a direct manner; bluntly: told me the truth flat out


blunt: abrupt and often disconcertingly frank in speech


abrupt: sudden; unexpected

out of the blue

out of the blue: suddenly and unexpectedly


What do you think about deliberately ?


Voluntarily could be useful in some contexts.


You may be looking for the words "slamming" and/or "cramming." This is when, typically with phone subscriptions, the provider adds on services or charges that you have not agreed to.

  • It'd help you expanded your answe by defining the terms, citing source and relating to the answer. – vickyace Apr 14 '17 at 3:23
  • Are you sure this answer responds to the question? It seems to be about two people talking to each other, not about a third party. – Xanne Apr 14 '17 at 4:06

Consider proffer, where the context is one of bargaining:

Also; as in business, a proffer can be a sign of "good faith" a first offer or proposal, to show a willingness to "barter": [see good faith barganing], [barter].

— Excerpt from the Wikipedia article for Proffer, which is licensed under the CC-BY-SA 3.0. terms.

  • But doesn't match OP's example. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 10 '14 at 9:02

I've heard "gratuitous" used in this sense.

"The conversation detailing her personal life was both gratuitous and in poor taste."

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