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[uhn-joint] /ʌnˈdʒɔɪnt/
verb (used with object)
to sever or dislocate a joint of; disjoint.
Origin of unjoint
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at un-2, joint


[join-tid] /ˈdʒɔɪn tɪd/
having or provided with joints.
formed with knots or nodes.
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at joint, -ed3
Related forms
jointedly, adverb
jointedness, noun
unjointed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unjointed
Historical Examples
  • The animal twisted and pulled until he had unjointed the foot, worn and twisted off the skin and cords of the leg and was gone.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • The hostler's unjointed legs, unstable because of recurrent debauchery, carried him disconsolately to lower levels.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Some of these rays may be unbranched and unjointed, being then known as spines, and usually occupy the front part of the fin.

  • After a moment's consideration, he unjointed his rod, and started off in the direction from which the men had come.

  • The demand is met by cements and concretes easily laid in unjointed miles.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • The sandy-haired German rose from his seat beside the hunchback, stretched the stiffness from his arms, and unjointed his pole.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely
  • Hesitating hardly a moment, Hale unjointed his pole, left his minnow bucket where it was, mounted his horse and rode up the path.

  • Fortunately it was an easy though painful matter to straighten the limb, as nothing had been unjointed.

    Ralph Granger's Fortunes

    William Perry Brown
  • She saw that he was outfitted for fishing, creel on his shoulder, unjointed rod in one hand.

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • We came upon it late, and my bones, through a longer ride than usual in the wooden saddle, had grown into an unjointed frame.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
British Dictionary definitions for unjointed


  1. having a joint or joints
  2. (in combination): large-jointed
(of a plant stem or similar part) marked with constrictions, at which the stem breaks into separate portions
Derived Forms
jointedly, adverb
jointedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unjointed



early 15c., from joint (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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