unbridled


unbridled
unbridled (adj.) late 14c., originally in figurative sense of "unrestrained, ungoverned," from UN- (Cf. un-) (1) "not" + bridled (see BRIDLE (Cf. bridle) (v.)). Cf. M.Du. ongebreidelt. Literal sense of "not fitted with a bridle" (of horses) is not recorded before 1550s. The verb unbridle is attested from c.1400 in the lit. sense; mid-15c. in the figurative sense.

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  • Unbridled — Un*bri dled, a. [Pref. un not + bridled.] Loosed from the bridle, or as from the bridle; hence, unrestrained; licentious; violent; as, unbridled passions. Unbridled boldness. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] Lands deluged by unbridled floods. Wordsworth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unbridled — index clear (unencumbered), disorderly, dissolute, free (not restricted), hot blooded, incendiary …   Law dictionary

  • unbridled — [adj] unrestrained berserk, chaotic, crazed, crazy, enthusiastic, hysterical, madcap, noisy, rabid, riotous, turbulent, unchecked, unconstrained, uncontrolled, uncurbed, undisciplined, ungovernable, unmanageable, violent, wild; concept 401 …   New thesaurus

  • unbridled — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ uncontrolled; unconstrained …   English terms dictionary

  • unbridled — [unbrīd′ ld] adj. 1. having no bridle on: said as of a horse 2. unrestrained; uncontrolled …   English World dictionary

  • Unbridled — Thoroughbred racehorse infobox horsename = Unbridled caption = sire = Fappiano grandsire = Mr. Prospector dam = Gana Facil damsire = Le Fabuleux sex = Stallion foaled = March 5, 1987 country = United States flagicon|USA colour = Bay breeder =… …   Wikipedia

  • unbridled — [[t]ʌ̱nbra͟ɪd(ə)ld[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n If you describe behaviour or feelings as unbridled, you mean that they are not controlled or limited in any way. ...the unbridled greed of the 1980s. ...a tale of lust and unbridled passion …   English dictionary

  • unbridled — un|bri|dled [ ʌn braıdld ] adjective FORMAL free or uncontrolled in your emotions: She spoke with unbridled passion. unbridled greed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unbridled — UK [ʌnˈbraɪd(ə)ld] / US adjective formal free or uncontrolled in your emotions She spoke with unbridled passion. unbridled greed …   English dictionary

  • unbridled — adjective Date: 14th century 1. unrestrained < unbridled enthusiasm > 2. not confined by a bridle …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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