1. simple past tense and past participle of unstring.


  1. having the string or strings loosened or removed, as a bow or harp.
  2. weakened or nervously unhinged, as a person or a person’s nerves; unnerved; discomposed: The incident left him unstrung.

verb (used with object), un·strung, un·string·ing.

  1. to deprive of strings: to unstring a violin.
  2. to take from a string: to unstring beads.
  3. to loosen the strings of: to unstring a bow.
  4. to relax the tension of.
  5. to relax unduly, or weaken (the nerves).
  6. to weaken the nerves of.


  1. emotionally distressed; unnerved
  2. (of a stringed instrument) with the strings detached

verb -strings, -stringing or -strung (tr)

  1. to remove the strings of
  2. (of beads, pearls, etc) to remove or take from a string
  3. to weaken or enfeeble emotionally (a person or his nerves)

adj.1590s, “with strings relaxed” (of a harp, etc.), from un- (1) “not” + past participle of string (v.). Transferred sense of “weakened, unnerved” is recorded from 1690s.

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