1. without the physical presence of people in control: an unmanned spacecraft.
  2. Falconry. (of a captured hawk) untrained for hunting with a master; unmade.

verb (used with object), un·manned, un·man·ning.

  1. to deprive of courage or fortitude; break down the manly spirit of: Constant conflict finally unmanned him.
  2. to deprive of virility; emasculate; castrate.


  1. lacking personnel or crewan unmanned ship
  2. (of aircraft, spacecraft, etc) operated by automatic or remote control
  3. uninhabited
  4. falconry (of a hawk or falcon) not yet trained to accept humans

verb -mans, -manning or -manned (tr)

  1. to cause to lose courage or nerve
  2. to make effeminate
  3. to remove the men from
  4. archaic to deprive of human qualities

adj.“not furnished with a crew,” 1540s, from un- (2) + man (v). v.1590s, “to deprive of the attributes of a human being,” from un- (2) + verbal derivative of man (n.). Meaning “to deprive of manly courage” is attested from c.1600; that of “to emasculate” is from 1680s.

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