separated or detached; not glued.

Nearby words

  1. ungenerous,
  2. ungird,
  3. ungirt,
  4. unglamorous,
  5. unglue,
  6. ungodly,
  7. ungotten,
  8. ungovernable,
  9. ungraceful,
  10. ungracefully


    come unglued, Slang.
    1. to become upset, disorganized, or confused; lose emotional control: to come unglued in an emergency.
    2. to disintegrate or collapse; fall apart; break down: The negotiators tried to keep the fragile peace agreement from coming unglued.

Origin of unglued

1685–95; (def 1) un-1 + glued; (def 2) unglue + -ed2



verb (used with object), un·glued, un·glu·ing.

to separate or detach by or as if by overcoming an adhesive agent: to unglue a sticker from a wall.
  1. to confuse or upset: He was unglued by his opponent's superb defense.
  2. to cause to fail or lose effectiveness.

Origin of unglue

First recorded in 1540–50; un-2 + glue

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Word Origin and History for unglued



1540s, from un- (2) "opposite of" + glue (v.). Related: Unglued; ungluing. Unglued in figurative sense is recorded from 1922.

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Idioms and Phrases with unglued


see under come apart at the seams.

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