follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

unbent

[uhn-bent] /ʌnˈbɛnt/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of unbend.
adjective
2.
not bent; unbowed.
3.
not having yielded or submitted.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; (in defs 2 and 3) un-1 + bent1

unbend

[uhn-bend] /ʌnˈbɛnd/
verb (used with object), unbent or (Archaic) unbended, unbending.
1.
to straighten from a bent form or position.
2.
to release from the strain of formality, intense effort, etc.; relax:
to unbend one's mind.
3.
to release from tension, as a bow.
4.
Nautical.
  1. to loose or untie, as a sail or rope.
  2. to unfasten from spars or stays, as sails.
verb (used without object), unbent or (Archaic) unbended, unbending.
5.
to relax the strictness of formality or ceremony; act in an easy, genial manner:
Imagine him unbending!
6.
to become unbent; straighten.
Origin
1200-50; Middle English; see un-2, bend1
Related forms
unbendable, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for unbent
  • As long as this filament remains unbent, a special clutch keeps the rest of the needle from advancing.
  • It is a good idea to carry your cards in a case so the cards stay clean and unbent.
  • Some insects, such as small flies and wasps, are mounted on unbent points.
  • The blade of an unbent leaf has not finished growth.
British Dictionary definitions for unbent

unbent

/ʌnˈbɛnt/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of unbend
adjective
2.
not bent or bowed
3.
not compelled to yield or give way by force

unbend

/ʌnˈbɛnd/
verb -bends, -bending, -bent
1.
to release or be released from the restraints of formality and ceremony
2.
(informal) to relax (the mind) or (of the mind) to become relaxed
3.
to become or be made straightened out from an originally bent shape or position
4.
(transitive) (nautical)
  1. to remove (a sail) from a stay, mast, yard, etc
  2. to untie (a rope, etc) or cast (a cable) loose
Derived Forms
unbendable, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for unbent

unbend

v.

"to relax a bow by unstringing it," mid-13c., from un- (2) + bend (v.). Figurative meaning "to become genial, relax" (1748) has a sense opposite to that of unbending "inflexible, obstinate" (1680s), which does not derive from the bowstringing image.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for unbent

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for unbent

8
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with unbent

Nearby words for unbent