without friends; not befriended.

Origin of unfriended

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



verb (used with object)

to remove (a person) from one's list of friends, or contacts, on a social media website.
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

Contemporary Examples of unfriended

  • Eight percent have blocked, unfriended or hidden someone because they argued about politics with someone the user knows.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Unfriending Over Politics

    Howard Kurtz

    March 12, 2012

Historical Examples of unfriended

  • 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



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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