un- + bosom (“the seat of emotions”).
unbosom (third-person singular simple present unbosoms, present participle unbosoming, simple past and past participle unbosomed)
- (archaic) To tell someone about (one's troubles), and thus obtain relief.
1594, Shakespeare, Willam, Love's Labour's Lost, act V, scene 2, line 2040:
- Their several counsels they unbosom shall
To loves mistook, and so be mock'd withal
Upon the next occasion that we meet,
With visages displayed, to talk and greet.
- (archaic, reflexive) To free (oneself) of the burden of one's troubles by telling of them.
1953, Beckett, Samuel, Watt, Paris: Olympia Press, OL 16635912M:
- Watt was not the first to whom Mr Graves had unbosomed himself, in this connexion. For he had unbosomed himself to Arsene, many years before...
- (archaic) To confess a misdeed.
to tell about one's troubles