from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not bowed; unbent.
  • adjective Not subdued; unyielding.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not bowed or arched; not bent.
  • Hence Not subjugated; unsubdued; not put under the yoke.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not bent or arched; not bowed down.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not bowed; erect or upright.
  • adjective Not subdued or deterred.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective not forced to bow down to a conqueror
  • adjective erect in posture


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word unbowed.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.