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[uhn-boo z-uh m, -boo-zuh m]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to disclose (a confidence, secret, etc.).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to disclose one's thoughts, feelings, or the like, especially in confidence.
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  1. unbosom oneself, to disclose one's thoughts, feelings, etc., to another person; confide one's private affairs: He unbosomed himself to a complete stranger.
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Origin of unbosom

1580–90; un-2 + bosom (v.)
Related formsun·bos·om·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Florent felt ill at ease; he was not wont to unbosom himself so readily.

    The Fat and the Thin

    Emile Zola

  • But I should doubt whether he felt any temptation to unbosom himself, or any need to do so.

    Sir Walter Scott

    George Saintsbury

  • Well, Tom, as I know you to be a sincere fellow, I will unbosom myself.

    Select Temperance Tracts

    American Tract Society

  • Then only did he unbosom himself and tell me freely what he had to say.

    The Iron Pirate

    Max Pemberton

  • "I suppose that man did not want to unbosom himself," said Kenneby.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for unbosom


  1. (tr) to relieve (oneself) of (secrets, etc) by telling someone
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Derived Formsunbosomer, noun

Word Origin

C16: from un- ² + bosom (in the sense: seat of the emotions); compare Dutch ontboezemen
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