un·​glued ˌən-ˈglüd How to pronounce unglued (audio)
: upset, disordered
usually used with come
chief executives came unglued at the thought of a strikeH. E. Meyer

Examples of unglued in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remove gold leaf from unglued areas by gently dusting with dry foam brush. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Nov. 2023 Following the season-two monologue that should’ve won Goldberg an Emmy, Barry has regularly crafted moments for Sally to come loudly unglued. Erik Adams, Chron, 11 Apr. 2023 How unglued? Clark Collis, EW.com, 30 Sep. 2020 But in the second half, everything came unglued. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 2 Oct. 2022 Alex Murdaugh, 54, has seen his life come unglued. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 Western civilization is coming unglued. Peter Wood, National Review, 12 May 2022 Jen yells, coming unglued again. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 Do too much, and the music sags and comes unglued. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 9 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unglued was in 1922

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“Unglued.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unglued. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​glued ˌən-ˈglüd How to pronounce unglued (audio)
: emotionally upset : distraught
: in a state of complete failure

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