1. separated or detached; not glued.


  1. come unglued, Slang.
    1. to become upset, disorganized, or confused; lose emotional control: to come unglued in an emergency.
    2. to disintegrate or collapse; fall apart; break down: The negotiators tried to keep the fragile peace agreement from coming unglued.

verb (used with object), un·glued, un·glu·ing.

  1. to separate or detach by or as if by overcoming an adhesive agent: to unglue a sticker from a wall.
  2. Slang.
    1. to confuse or upset: He was unglued by his opponent’s superb defense.
    2. to cause to fail or lose effectiveness.

v.1540s, from un- (2) “opposite of” + glue (v.). Related: Unglued; ungluing. Unglued in figurative sense is recorded from 1922. see under come apart at the seams.

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