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[uhn-boo z-uh m, -boo-zuh m] /ʌnˈbʊz əm, -ˈbu zəm/
verb (used with object)
to disclose (a confidence, secret, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to disclose one's thoughts, feelings, or the like, especially in confidence.
unbosom oneself, to disclose one's thoughts, feelings, etc., to another person; confide one's private affairs:
He unbosomed himself to a complete stranger.
Origin of unbosom
1580-90; un-2 + bosom (v.)
Related forms
unbosomer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unbosom
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  • Slowly he rolled a cigarette and began to unbosom himself to Jack.

    The Indians' Last Fight Dennis Collins
  • But I should doubt whether he felt any temptation to unbosom himself, or any need to do so.

    Sir Walter Scott George Saintsbury
  • Once within the walls of the pleasant little room, he found it easy to unbosom himself.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Well, Tom, as I know you to be a sincere fellow, I will unbosom myself.

    Select Temperance Tracts American Tract Society
  • The barber, who had also heard the story, was bursting with a desire to unbosom himself upon the subject.

    The Colonel's Dream Charles W. Chesnutt
  • Then only did he unbosom himself and tell me freely what he had to say.

    The Iron Pirate Max Pemberton
  • Nevertheless, I unbosom myself to thee, and would owe my crown solely to thine aid.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "I suppose that man did not want to unbosom himself," said Kenneby.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • She did not wait to get out of her coat before she began to unbosom herself to them both, alternately addressing each in turn.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • No reasonable person will complain if you do not unbosom yourself to him at once.

    The Young Man's Guide William A. Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for unbosom


(transitive) to relieve (oneself) of (secrets, etc) by telling someone
Derived Forms
unbosomer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from un-² + bosom (in the sense: seat of the emotions); compare Dutch ontboezemen
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