[ uhn-man ]
/ ʌnˈmæn /

verb (used with object), un·manned, un·man·ning.

to deprive of courage or fortitude; break down the manly spirit of: Constant conflict finally unmanned him.
to deprive of virility; emasculate; castrate.

Nearby words

  1. unloving,
  2. unluckily,
  3. unlucky,
  4. unmade,
  5. unmake,
  6. unmanageable,
  7. unmanly,
  8. unmanned,
  9. unmannered,
  10. unmannerly

Origin of unman

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-2 + man1

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British Dictionary definitions for unman


/ (ʌnˈmæn) /

verb -mans, -manning or -manned (tr)

to cause to lose courage or nerve
to make effeminate
to remove the men from
archaic to deprive of human qualities
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Word Origin and History for unman



1590s, "to deprive of the attributes of a human being," from un- (2) + verbal derivative of man (n.). Meaning "to deprive of manly courage" is attested from c.1600; that of "to emasculate" is from 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper