unnerve

  • 1 Unnerve — Un*nerve , v. t. [1st pref. un + nerve.] To deprive of nerve, force, or strength; to weaken; to enfeeble; as, to unnerve the arm. [1913 Webster] Unequal match d, . . . The unnerved father falls. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 unnerve — UK US /ʌnˈnɜːv/ verb [T] ► to make someone feel nervous or less confident: »Talk of an economic slowdown has so far failed to unnerve American markets. be unnerved by sth »Investors were unnerved by recent profit warnings …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 unnerve — unnerve, enervate, unman, emasculate can all mean to deprive of strength or vigor and of the capacity for endurance, overcoming difficulties, or making progress. Unnerve implies marked loss of courage, steadiness, and self control or of power to… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 unnerve — [unnʉrv′] vt. unnerved, unnerving 1. to cause to lose one s courage, self confidence, etc. 2. to make feel weak, nervous, etc. SYN. UNNERVE implies a causing to lose courage or self control as by shocking, dismaying, etc. [the screams unnerved… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 unnerve — index disable, discommode, discourage, disturb, frighten, intimidate, menace, perturb, upset …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 unnerve — 1620s, to destroy the strength of, from UN (Cf. un ) (2) + NERVE (Cf. nerve). Meaning to deprive of courage is recorded from 1704. Related: Unnerved; unnerving …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 unnerve — [v] upset, intimidate agitate, bewilder, bowl over*, buffalo*, chill*, confound, daunt, demoralize, disarm, discombobulate, disconcert, discourage, dishearten, dismay, dispirit, distract, enervate, enfeeble, floor*, fluster, frighten, get to*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 unnerve — ► VERB ▪ deprive of courage or confidence. DERIVATIVES unnerving adjective …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 unnerve — transitive verb Date: 1601 1. to deprive of courage, strength, or steadiness 2. to cause to become nervous ; upset • unnervingly adverb Synonyms: unnerve, enervate, unman, emasculate mean to deprive of strength or vigor and the capacity for… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 unnerve — UK [ʌnˈnɜː(r)v] / US [ʌnˈnɜrv] verb [transitive] Word forms unnerve : present tense I/you/we/they unnerve he/she/it unnerves present participle unnerving past tense unnerved past participle unnerved to make someone nervous or frightened Derived… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 unnerve — verb a) To deprive of nerve, force, or strength; to weaken; to enfeeble. to unnerve the arm b) To upset. I was greatly unnerved by this …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 unnerve — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. unhinge, disconcert, frighten, rattle (inf.), give the jitters. See fear, impotence, excitability. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. frighten, unman, dishearten, enervate, discourage; see also weaken 2 ,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 unnerve — /un nerrv /, v.t., unnerved, unnerving. to deprive of courage, strength, determination, or confidence; upset: Fear unnerved him. [1595 1605; UN 2 + NERVE] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 14 unnerve — Synonyms and related words: abate, affright, agitate, alarm, attenuate, blunt, castrate, cramp, cripple, crush, curdle the blood, damp, dampen, dash, deaden, debilitate, demasculinize, demoralize, desex, desexualize, devitalize, discomfit,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 unnerve — un|nerve [ʌnˈnə:v US ə:rv] v [T] to upset or frighten someone so that they lose their confidence or their ability to think clearly ▪ He was unnerved by the way Sylvia kept staring at him. >unnerving adj ▪ an unnerving experience …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 unnerve — un|nerve [ ʌn nɜrv ] verb transitive to make someone nervous or frightened ╾ un|nerv|ing adjective ╾ un|nerv|ing|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 unnerve — [[t]ʌ̱nnɜ͟ː(r)v[/t]] unnerves, unnerving, unnerved VERB If you say that something unnerves you, you mean that it worries or troubles you. [V n] The news about Dermot had unnerved me... [V n] Tony was unnerved by the uncanny familiarity of her… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 unnerve — v. daunt, dismay, intimidate, dishearten, unman …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 unnerve — verb deprive of courage or confidence. Derivatives unnerving adjective unnervingly adverb …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 unnerve — v. a. Weaken, enfeeble …

    New dictionary of synonyms