- to remove the limbs of by cutting or tearing
- to pull or cut to pieces; separate into parts; divide up or mutilate
Origin of dismemberMiddle English dismembren ; from Old French desmembrer: see dis- and amp; member
transitive verbdis·mem·bered, dis·mem·ber·ing, dis·mem·bers
- To cut, tear, or pull off the limbs of.
- To divide into pieces.
Origin of dismemberMiddle English dismembren, from Old French desmembrer, from Vulgar Latin *dismembrare : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin membrum, limb; see member.
(third-person singular simple present dismembers, present participle dismembering, simple past and past participle dismembered)
Old French desmembrer, from des- (“de-”) + membre (“limb”) + -er (“verbal suffix”)