[uhn-moo r]

verb (used with object)

to loose (a vessel) from moorings or anchorage.
to bring to the state of riding with a single anchor after being moored by two or more.

verb (used without object)

(of a vessel) to become unmoored.

Origin of unmoor

First recorded in 1490–1500, unmoor is from the Middle English word unmooren. See un-2, moor2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for unmoored

afloat, loose, drifting, unanchored, unmoored, unmoor, up-anchor

Examples from the Web for unmoored

Contemporary Examples of unmoored

Historical Examples of unmoored

British Dictionary definitions for unmoored


verb nautical

to weigh the anchor or drop the mooring of (a vessel)
(tr) to reduce the mooring of (a vessel) to one anchor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unmoored



late 15c., "to free from moorings," from un- (2) + moor (v.). Related: Unmoored.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper