Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[uhn-hand] /ʌnˈhænd/
verb (used with object)
to take the hand or hands from; release from a grasp; let go:
Unhand me, you wretched coward!
Origin of unhand
First recorded in 1595-1605; un-2 + hand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for unhand
Historical Examples
  • And now, gentlemen, if you will unhand me, I will return to my apartments.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • I pray you unhand me, Humphrey; my old friend, you are too rough.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • "unhand me, sir," he said, in a voice of angry expostulation.

  • "unhand me," muttered Juliet in a tone of intense, but suppressed fury.

    Mildred at Roselands Martha Finley
  • "unhand me, woman," said Vonnie, but she immediately took his arm again.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun
  • I said—and her green eyes glittered just like one—“unhand his lordship!”

    Old Friends Andrew Lang
  • unhand me, sir, or I'll call those who have the power to punish as well as to humble thy presumption!

  • The New Woman will scarcely feel the seat of power warm beneath her before giving to the assassin's "unhand me villain!"

  • We took all this quite humbly and asked him why he didn't see Ole himself and order him to unhand the lady.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • unhand that gentleman,” said Bowsprit, to two men who held the sick Mr Durocher prisoner.

    The Fatal Cord Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for unhand


(transitive) (archaic or literary) to release from the grasp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for unhand

c.1600, "to release from one's grasp," from un- (2) + verbal derivative of hand (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for unhand

Word Value for unhand

Scrabble Words With Friends