verb (used with object), un·sheathed, un·sheath·ing.
  1. to draw from a sheath, as a sword, knife, or the like.
  2. to bring or put forth from a covering, threateningly or otherwise.

Origin of unsheathe

1325–75; Middle English unshethen to dislodge; see un-2, sheathe
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Historical Examples of unsheathed

  • The refugees were done; the pirates had unsheathed their knives for the butcher's work.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

  • Wondering, the German unsheathed the weapon, and proffered the hilt to his master.

  • A dozen Steel-Blues were watching as Jon put on his helmet and unsheathed his stubray.

    Acid Bath

    Vaseleos Garson

  • He unsheathed the stubray gun and prepared to blast the cylinder.

    Acid Bath

    Vaseleos Garson

  • He unsheathed it, then got up, and moved behind the seated Nova Scotian.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

British Dictionary definitions for unsheathed


  1. (tr) to draw or pull out (something, esp a weapon) from a sheath or other covering
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Word Origin and History for unsheathed



late 14c. (implied in unsheathed), from un- (1) "not" + sheathe. Related: Unsheathing.

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