simple past tense and past participle of unwind.



verb (used with object), un·wound, un·wind·ing.

to undo or loosen from or as if from a coiled condition: to unwind a rolled bandage; to unwind a coiled rope.
to reduce the tension of; relax: to unwind a person with a drink.
to disentangle or disengage; untwist: to unwind one's legs from around the stool.

verb (used without object), un·wound, un·wind·ing.

to become unwound.
to become relieved of tension; relax: After work we can have a drink and unwind.

Origin of unwind

1275–1325; Middle English onwinden; see un-2, wind2
Related formsun·wind·a·ble, adjectiveun·wind·er, noun
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Contemporary Examples of unwound

Historical Examples of unwound

  • "I have the cord," the man said, and unwound some ten feet of stout rope from his waist.

  • Hunterleys unwound his scarf and handed his coat and hat to a page-boy.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • She unwound the brown veil from her head and tied it about his throat.

    O Pioneers!

    Willa Cather

  • He had unwound the cloak from round his arm and held it in front of him like a shield.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • She took the straps from them, and unwound the sheets and bathing clothes.

    The Northern Iron

    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for unwound



the past tense and past participle of unwind


verb -winds, -winding or -wound

to slacken, undo, or unravel or cause to slacken, undo, or unravel
(tr) to disentangle
to make or become relaxedhe finds it hard to unwind after a busy day at work
Derived Formsunwindable, adjectiveunwinder, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwound



early 14c., "to undo" (a bandage, wrapping, etc.), from un- (2) + wind (v.). Cf. Old English unwindan, Dutch ontwinden, Old High German intwindan. Refl. sense is recorded from 1740; figurative sense of "to release oneself from tensions, to relax" is recorded from 1938. Related: Unwound; unwinding.

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