Sunder Definition

sundered, sunders
To break apart; separate; part; split.
Webster's New World
To force or keep apart.
American Heritage
To form a barrier or border between.
A river that sunders the two mountain ranges.
American Heritage
To dissolve (a connection or relationship).
A disagreement that sundered their friendship.
American Heritage
To become broken into parts or disunited.
American Heritage

(dialectal or obsolete) Sundry; different.


A separation into parts; a division or severance.

in sunder
  • into parts or pieces
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Sunder

Origin of Sunder

  • From Middle English, from Old English sundor- (“separate, different"), from Proto-Germanic *sundraz (“isolated, particular, alone"), from Proto-Indo-European *snter-, *seni-, *senu-, *san- (“apart, without, for oneself"). Cognate with Old Saxon sundar (“particular, special"), Dutch zonder (“without"), German sonder (“special, set apart"), Old Norse sundr (“separate"), Danish sønder (“apart, asunder"), Latin sine (“without").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English sundren (“to separate, part, divide"), from Old English sundrian (“to separate, split, part, divide"), from Proto-Germanic *sundrōnÄ… (“to separate"), from Proto-Indo-European *sen(e)- (“separate, without"). Cognate with Scots sinder, sunder (“to separate, divide, split up"), Dutch zonderen (“to isolate"), German sondern (“to separate"), Swedish söndra (“to divide"). More at sundry.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English sundren from Old English sundrian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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