[noun dis-yoos; verb dis-yooz]


discontinuance of use or practice: Traditional customs are falling into disuse.

verb (used with object), dis·used, dis·us·ing.

to cease to use.

Origin of disuse

1375–1425; late Middle English. See dis-1, use
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Contemporary Examples of disused

Historical Examples of disused

  • But it had been disused for some time, and the pipe in the lion's mouth was dry.


    Raphael Sabatini

  • The disused door into her room was locked, and the key safe on the housekeeper's bunch.

  • The rooms were low and cramped, and had a mouldy, disused smell in them.

  • The passage, whithersoever it led, had been disused for years.

    Major Vigoureux

    A. T. Quiller-Couch

  • That which encompassed and strengthened the muzzle or mouth of a cannon; now disused.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for disused



no longer useda disused mine



the condition of being unused; neglect (often in the phrases in or into disuse)
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Word Origin and History for disused



c.1400, see dis- + use (n.).



c.1400, "misuse, pervert;" mid-15c., "become unaccustomed," from or on analogy of Old French desuser, from des- "not" (see dis-) + user "use" (see use (v.)). Related: Disused.

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