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unarmed

[uhn-ahrmd] /ʌnˈɑrmd/
adjective
1.
without weapons or armor.
2.
not having claws, thorns, scales, etc., as animals or plants.
3.
(of an artillery shell) not armed.
Origin of unarmed
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at un-1, armed

unarm

[uhn-ahrm] /ʌnˈɑrm/
verb (used with object)
1.
to deprive or relieve of arms; disarm.
Origin
First recorded in 1300-50, unarm is from the Middle English word unarmen. See un-2, arm2
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  • You are three armed and mounted men, and we are only two, unarmed and on foot.

  • Yes, of course; mercy--and comfort--and every sort of unarmed aid--to rebels.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Easton and I were unarmed, but the Eskimos each carried a 45-90 Winchester rifle.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • unarmed and taken at a vantage, I was struck down and pinioned in a moment.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • She was alone and unarmed against four, so there could be no danger.

British Dictionary definitions for unarmed

unarmed

/ʌnˈɑːmd/
adjective
1.
without weapons
2.
(of animals and plants) having no claws, prickles, spines, thorns, or similar structures
3.
of or relating to a projectile that does not use a detonator to initiate explosive action

unarm

/ʌnˈɑːm/
verb
1.
a less common word for disarm
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Word Origin and History for unarmed
adj.

c.1300, "with armor removed," from un- (1) "not" + armed.

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