verb (used with object), un·sheathed, un·sheath·ing.

to draw from a sheath, as a sword, knife, or the like.
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.

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

    Acid Bath

    Vaseleos Garson

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

    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



(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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