- to deprive of manly courage, nerve, self-confidence, etc.
- to emasculate; castrate
- to deprive of men or personnel: now usually in the pp.
transitive verbun·manned, un·man·ning, un·mans
- To take away characteristics traditionally associated with masculinity, such as courage or strength: “So desolate were those places and so deep the horror that lay on them that some of the host were unmanned, and they could neither walk nor ride further north” (J.R.R. Tolkien).
- To take away virility from; emasculate: “If Henry tells the world that he is impotent because I have unmanned him, how can I prove differently?” (Philippa Gregory).
(third-person singular simple present unmans, present participle unmanning, simple past and past participle unmanned)