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[uhn-fren-did] /ʌnˈfrɛn dɪd/
without friends; not befriended.
Origin of unfriended
First recorded in 1505-15; un-1 + friend + -ed3


[uhn-frend] /ʌnˈfrɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to remove (a person) from one's list of friends, or contacts, on a social media website.
Sometimes, defriend [dee-frend] /diˈfrɛnd/ (Show IPA).
2005-10; un-2 + friend (in the sense “to add to one's list of contacts”) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then he was but a penniless, monk-bred lad, unknown and unfriended.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "Ye are enough to bring about the fall of one unfriended man," Gudruda said.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • We have not been unfriended either, since she was permitted to come to us.

  • He was literally alone, unfriended, penniless, in a strange country.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • Sometimes I should like to hail some of these unfriended spirits, but I haven't the courage.

    April Hopes William Dean Howells
  • For a moment I felt painfully insignificant, lonely and unfriended.

    The Sixth Sense

    Stephen McKenna
  • Miss Richlander was alone and unfriended in the hotel—and also a little bored.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • He had been the unknown, though liberal benefactor of unfriended genius.


    Mary Brunton
  • He was the son of a tobacco-roller, untaught and unfriended, but he dreamed like a king.

    Lewis Rand

    Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for unfriended


(rare) without a friend or friends; friendless
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unfriended



in the Facebook sense, attested from November 2007, from un- (1) "not" + friend. Related: Unfriended; unfriending. A noun unfriend "enemy" is recorded from late 13c., chiefly in Scottish, and was still in use in the 19th century.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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