Etymology
Advertisement

unarmed (adj.)

c. 1300, "with armor removed," from un- (1) "not" + armed, or else past-participle adjective from unarm "strip of armor" (c. 1300), from un- (2) "opposite of" + arm (v.). Meaning "not fitted to attack, weaponless" is from late 14c.

updated on February 25, 2014

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of unarmed from WordNet

unarmed (adj.)
(used of plants or animals) lacking barbs or stings or thorns;
unarmed (adj.)
(used of persons or the military) not having or using arms;
went alone and unarmed
unarmed peasants were shot down
unarmed vehicles
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.