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  1. without friends; not befriended.
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Origin of unfriended

First recorded in 1505–15; un-1 + friend + -ed3


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 unfriended

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Historical Examples

  • Then he was but a penniless, monk-bred lad, unknown and unfriended.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "Ye are enough to bring about the fall of one unfriended man," Gudruda said.

    Eric Brighteyes

    H. Rider Haggard

  • We have not been unfriended either, since she was permitted to come to us.

  • He was literally alone, unfriended, penniless, in a strange country.

    Bits of Blarney

    R. Shelton Mackenzie

  • Sometimes I should like to hail some of these unfriended spirits, but I haven't the courage.

    April Hopes

    William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for unfriended


  1. rare without a friend or friends; friendless
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Word Origin and History for unfriended



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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