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  1. separated or detached; not glued.
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  1. 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.
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Origin of unglued

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


verb (used with object), un·glued, un·glu·ing.
  1. to separate or detach by or as if by overcoming an adhesive agent: to unglue a sticker from a wall.
  2. Slang.
    1. to confuse or upset: He was unglued by his opponent's superb defense.
    2. to cause to fail or lose effectiveness.
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Origin of unglue

First recorded in 1540–50; un-2 + glue
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for unglued

bewildered, perplexed, doubtful, baffled, rattled, mystified, clueless, uneasy, stiff, tight, labored, tense, constrained, unhinged, irrational, unsound, unstable, deranged, erratic, stunned

Examples from the Web for unglued

Historical Examples of unglued

  • After a time he unglued his thick lips to ask me if I had seen his brother yet.

    'Twixt Land & Sea

    Joseph Conrad

  • But we are glad that the carpenter did not leave the legs of it unglued for a joke.

    A Chesterton Calendar

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Sometimes the sound board gets loose or unglued at the edges, or the bridges or ribs come loose.

    Piano Tuning

    J. Cree Fischer

  • Using the outspread fingers of each hand, begin with the unglued edge and roll the paper around the wood.

  • Baston, unglued from the wall, spoke up with his usual pompous eagerness.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with unglued


see under come apart at the seams.

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