separated or detached; not glued.


    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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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.

  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with unglued


see under come apart at the seams.

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