verb (used with object)

to sever or dislocate a joint of; disjoint.

Origin of unjoint

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at un-2, joint




having or provided with joints.
formed with knots or nodes.

Origin of jointed

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at joint, -ed3
Related formsjoint·ed·ly, adverbjoint·ed·ness, nounun·joint·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unjointed

Historical Examples of unjointed

  • The animal twisted and pulled until he had unjointed the foot, worn and twisted off the skin and cords of the leg and was gone.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper

    Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock

  • The hostler's unjointed legs, unstable because of recurrent debauchery, carried him disconsolately to lower levels.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Some of these rays may be unbranched and unjointed, being then known as spines, and usually occupy the front part of the fin.

  • After a moment's consideration, he unjointed his rod, and started off in the direction from which the men had come.

  • The demand is met by cements and concretes easily laid in unjointed miles.

British Dictionary definitions for unjointed



  1. having a joint or joints
  2. (in combination)large-jointed
(of a plant stem or similar part) marked with constrictions, at which the stem breaks into separate portions
Derived Formsjointedly, adverbjointedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unjointed



early 15c., from joint (n.).

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