transitive verb-·manned′, -·man′ning
- 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)