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[leyd-n] /ˈleɪd n/
burdened; loaded down.
verb (used with object)
to lade.
Origin of laden
1585-95; lade + -en3, -en1
Related forms
unladen, adjective Unabridged
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  • The classic, of course, is the unladen citizen, a person naked of even a modest shoulderbag or marsupial pocket.

  • He first ordered the camels to be unladen, and the tents to be pitched.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • A small yacht belonging to the merchant lay, just unladen, near the bridge of boats.

    O. T. Hans Christian Andersen
  • The canoes had been well secured to trunks of trees, though not unladen.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • The door-sill of the home is the wharf where heavy life is unladen.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • Then the wearied beasts were unladen, fires were lighted, and a meal cooked.

  • Proceedings followed in the Admiralty, and the goods were not sold; but the ship was found to be rotten, and had to be unladen.

  • Boats reach the sea from thence in a day and a half; but their navigation back, even when unladen, is the labour of days.

  • Dicky completed his round, and pushed his unladen trolley Grinder-ward with a fuller sense of responsibility than ever.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • Boats reach the sea from thence in a day and a-half; but their navigation back, even when unladen, is the labour of nine days.

British Dictionary definitions for unladen


a past participle of lade1
weighed down with a load; loaded
encumbered; burdened
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Contemporary definitions for unladen

with no load; unloaded's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for unladen

1802, from unlade, Old English onhladen; see un- (1) "not" + laden.



"loaded, weighted down," 1590s, from the original past participle of lade.

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