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un- +‎ bosom (the seat of emotions).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ʌnˈbʊz.əm/, /ˌʌnˈbʊz.əm/
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unbosom (third-person singular simple present unbosoms, present participle unbosoming, simple past and past participle unbosomed)

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  1. (transitive, intransitive, 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.
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard:
      At first Puddock was reserved, but recollecting that he had been left quite free to tell whom he pleased, he made up his mind to unbosom; and suggested, for the sake of quiet and a longer conversation, that they should go round by the ferry.
  2. (reflexive, archaic) 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 []
  3. (archaic) To confess a misdeed.