- having no hinge or hinges, or with the hinges removed: an unhinged gate.
- unsettled, disordered, or distraught: He became unhinged when his friend died.
Origin of unhinged
- to remove (a door or the like) from hinges.
- to open wide by or as if by removing supporting hinges: to unhinge one's jaws.
- to upset; unbalance; disorient; throw into confusion or turmoil: to unhinge the mind.
- to dislocate or disrupt the normal operation of; unsettle: to unhinge plans.
- to detach or separate from something.
- to cause to waver or vacillate: to unhinge supporters of conservative policies.
Origin of unhinge
Examples from the Web for unhinged
They were unhinged souls looking for a cause and found it in the belief that hating the government was patriotic.Hatriot Politics Created the Las Vegas Killers
June 10, 2014
To be fair, Abbott is hardly the only prominent Republican to embrace the unhinged rocker.GOP’s Wango Tango With Ted Nugent
February 19, 2014
This was Boehner unplugged—possibly Boehner unhinged (unhinged from his talking points, at least).John Boehner Live and Unhinged with Jay Leno
January 24, 2014
In fact, I had to pass on a nice book deal, good front $$, for Unhinged because they wanted me to write more about Jim (Morrison).The Doors Never Sold Out to Crass Commercialism
September 27, 2013
What is it about Reza Aslan that has unhinged so many people?Jesus Needs Reza Aslan, Author of 'Zealot'
August 11, 2013
He unhinged the top half of his face to give me a private view.Shorty McCabe
The whole order of things is unhinged, and we are nearing chaos.A Literary History of the English People
Jean Jules Jusserand
Sara's mouth had been gradually closing, but it unhinged again.Sense from Thought Divide
Mark Irvin Clifton
Society is unhinged, and every one is afraid to offer an opinion.Olla Podrida
Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
He examined the lock of the unhinged door, which had subsided on the floor.Messengers of Evil
- to remove (a door, gate, etc) from its hinges
- to derange or unbalance (a person, his mind, etc)
- to disrupt or unsettle (a process or state of affairs)
- (usually foll by from) to detach or dislodge
Word Origin and History for unhinged
"thrown into confusion," 1719, past participle adjective from unhinge.