disarming

[ dis-ahr-ming ]
/ dɪsˈɑr mɪŋ /

adjective

removing or capable of removing hostility, suspicion, etc., as by being charming: a disarming smile.

QUIZZES

DIVE INTO THIS BALMY SUMMERTIME SPELLING QUIZ

Do you often fall under the spell of the summer season? See if you can really spell your way through it with this quiz of popular summertime words.
Question 1 of 12

Origin of disarming

First recorded in 1540–50; disarm + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM disarming

dis·arm·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for disarming (2 of 2)

disarm
[ dis-ahrm ]
/ dɪsˈɑrm /

verb (used with object)

to deprive of a weapon or weapons.
to remove the fuze or other actuating device from: to disarm a bomb.
to deprive of the means of attack or defense: The lack of logic disarmed his argument.
to divest or relieve of hostility, suspicion, etc.; win the affection or approval of; charm: His smile disarmed us.

verb (used without object)

to lay down one's weapons.
(of a country) to reduce or limit the size, equipment, armament, etc., of the army, navy, or air force.

Origin of disarm

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English word from Old French word desarmer. See dis-1, arm2

OTHER WORDS FROM disarm

dis·arm·er, nounun·dis·armed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for disarming

British Dictionary definitions for disarming (1 of 2)

disarming
/ (dɪsˈɑːmɪŋ) /

adjective

tending to neutralize or counteract hostility, suspicion, etc

Derived forms of disarming

disarmingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for disarming (2 of 2)

disarm
/ (dɪsˈɑːm) /

verb

(tr) to remove defensive or offensive capability from (a country, army, etc)
(tr) to deprive of weapons
(tr) to remove the triggering device of (a bomb, shell, etc)
(tr) to win the confidence or affection of
(intr) (of a nation, etc) to decrease the size and capability of one's armed forces
(intr) to lay down weapons

Derived forms of disarm

disarmer, noun
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