From un- (de-, dis-, away) +‎ man (male person). Compare Dutch ontmannen, German entmannen, both “to unman, emasculate, castrate”.



unman (third-person singular simple present unmans, present participle unmanning, simple past and past participle unmanned)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To castrate; to remove the manhood of.
    Synonym: emasculate
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To sap (a person) of the strength, whether physical or emotional, required to deal with a situation.
    Synonym: emasculate
    His fear unmanned him.
    • 1919, P. G. Wodehouse, chapter 5, in A Damsel in Distress:
      He dressed moodily, and left the room to go down to breakfast. Breakfast would at least alleviate this sinking feeling which was unmanning him.
  3. (transitive) To deprive of men.




un (one) +‎ man (place)


unman m (uncountable)

  1. a certain place
  2. (in negative expressions) nowhere
    Does unman yn debyg i adra.
    There is nowhere like home.

Further readingEdit

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “unman”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies