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verb (used with object)
  1. to remove (a person) from one's list of friends, or contacts, on a social media website.
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Sometimes de·friend [dee-frend] /diˈfrɛnd/,

Origin of unfriend

2005–10; un-2 + friend (in the sense “to add to one's list of contacts”)
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Examples from the Web for unfriend

Historical Examples

  • The Queen said that she could not be content that either he or any else should be unfriend to Moray.

    The Mystery of Mary Stuart

    Andrew Lang

  • Item, Gif it beis askit, in caise the Castell be unfriend, whair the armye shalbe placed?

  • You are dealing with an emissary from a foreign power who is an unfriend of my country.

  • Unfrien′dedness, the state of being unfriended; Unfrien′dliness, unkindness; Unfriend′ship, unfriendliness.

  • But I have told thee all these things to show that the King is not without some reason to be thy father's unfriend.

    Men of Iron

    Howard Pyle

Word Origin and History for unfriend


in the Facebook sense, attested from November 2007, from un- (1) "not" + friend. Related: Unfriended; unfriending. A noun unfriend "enemy" is recorded from late 13c., chiefly in Scottish, and was still in use in the 19th century.

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