verb (used with object)

to remove the fangs of: to defang a snake.
to cause to become less powerful or threatening; render harmless.

Nearby words

  1. defalcation,
  2. defamation,
  3. defamatory,
  4. defame,
  5. defamiliarization,
  6. default,
  7. defaulter,
  8. defcon,
  9. defeasance,
  10. defease

Origin of defang

First recorded in 1950–55; de- + fang1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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