Simple Definition of dismember
: to cut or tear (a body) into pieces
: to separate (something) into smaller parts
Examples of dismember
The victims' bodies had been dismembered and buried in the basement.
<quickly dismembered the old toolshed and hauled it off to the dump>
Origin of dismember
Middle English dismembren, from Anglo-French desmembrer, from des- dis- + membre member
First Known Use: 14th century
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up dismember? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).