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Origin of disconnected

First recorded in 1775–85; disconnect + -ed2
Related formsdis·con·nect·ed·ly, adverbdis·con·nect·ed·ness, nounun·dis·con·nect·ed, adjectiveun·dis·con·nect·ed·ly, adverb

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verb (used with object), dis·con·nect·ed, dis·con·nect·ing.
  1. to sever or interrupt the connection of or between; detach: They disconnected the telephone. We were disconnected.
verb (used without object), dis·con·nect·ed, dis·con·nect·ing.
  1. to sever or terminate a connection, as of a telephone; hang up: State your business and disconnect.
  2. to withdraw into one's private world: When social pressures become too great, she simply disconnects.
  1. an act or instance of disconnecting, especially the suspension of telephone or cable TV service for nonpayment of service charges.
  2. a lack of communication or agreement: There is a huge disconnect between management and employees.

Origin of disconnect

First recorded in 1760–70; dis-1 + connect
Related formsdis·con·nect·er, noundis·con·nec·tive, adjectivedis·con·nec·tive·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of disconnected

  • And Simon again sunk into his own dim and disconnected reveries.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • But these were only the disconnected parts of a merry-go-round.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Again Jean, in stammering, disconnected sentences, besought him to be quiet.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • Fragments of his life formed the subject of the words, incoherent and disconnected.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • He had a look of intense excitement, and his speaking was abrupt and disconnected.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for disconnected


  1. not rationally connected; confused or incoherent
  2. not connected or joined
Derived Formsdisconnectedly, adverbdisconnectedness, noun


  1. (tr) to undo or break the connection of or between (something, such as a plug and a socket)
  1. a lack of a connection; disconnectiona disconnect between political discourse and the public
Derived Formsdisconnecter, noundisconnection or disconnexion, noundisconnective, adjective
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Word Origin and History for disconnected



1770; see dis- + connect. Perhaps a back-formation from disconnection. Related: Disconnected; disconnecting.

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