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  1. without weapons or armor.
  2. not having claws, thorns, scales, etc., as animals or plants.
  3. (of an artillery shell) not armed.
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Origin of unarmed

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at un-1, armed


verb (used with object)
  1. to deprive or relieve of arms; disarm.
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Origin of unarm

First recorded in 1300–50, unarm is from the Middle English word unarmen. See un-2, arm2
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  • You are three armed and mounted men, and we are only two, unarmed and on foot.

  • Yes, of course; mercy--and comfort--and every sort of unarmed aid--to rebels.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • Easton and I were unarmed, but the Eskimos each carried a 45-90 Winchester rifle.

  • Unarmed and taken at a vantage, I was struck down and pinioned in a moment.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • She was alone and unarmed against four, so there could be no danger.

British Dictionary definitions for unarmed


  1. without weapons
  2. (of animals and plants) having no claws, prickles, spines, thorns, or similar structures
  3. of or relating to a projectile that does not use a detonator to initiate explosive action
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  1. a less common word for disarm
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Word Origin and History for unarmed


c.1300, "with armor removed," from un- (1) "not" + armed.

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