unman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From un- (de-, dis-, away) +‎ man (male person). Compare Dutch ontmannen, German entmannen, both “to unman, emasculate, castrate”.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

unman (third-person singular simple present unmans, present participle unmanning, simple past and past participle unmanned)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To castrate; to remove the manhood of.
    Synonym: emasculate
  2. (transitive, figurative) To sap (a person) of the strength, whether physical or emotional, required to deal with a situation.
    Synonym: emasculate
    His fear unmanned him.
    • 1919, P. G. Wodehouse, chapter 5, in A Damsel in Distress:
      He dressed moodily, and left the room to go down to breakfast. Breakfast would at least alleviate this sinking feeling which was unmanning him.
  3. (transitive) To deprive of men.

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Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

un (one) +‎ man (place)

Noun[edit]

unman m (uncountable)

  1. a certain place
  2. (in negative expressions) nowhere
    Does unman yn debyg i adra.
    There is nowhere like home.

Further reading[edit]

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present) , “unman”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies