aim·​less ˈām-ləs How to pronounce aimless (audio)
: without aim or purpose : not having a goal or purpose
… we would not get to sit on the verandah drinking cold beer at the end of the day, starting up aimless conversations with other couples …Alexandra Kennedy
Some years, you feel that nothing much is being made except plotless tales about aimless young people wasting time …Robin Buss
The wind blew, the shad were nowhere to be found, even steady use of our fish locator and aimless trolling around the lakes failed to provoke a single strike.Steve Davis
aimlessly adverb
… whenever they had the chance, he and Zave would climb the steep streets and walk aimlessly beneath the arching trees, looking at the mansions. James A. Michener
aimlessness noun
… my friends are all prematurely successful in their worthwhile, absorbing careers, and I am frightening my parents and maybe even myself with my aimlessness. Daphne Uviller

Examples of aimless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Imogene — now a spoiled and aimless adult — hangs out with the billionaire Collier family, who once employed her mother. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2024 In the following years, Coppola had the kind of aimless early adulthood particular to the offspring of the Hollywood élite. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 But a few months later, at his father’s wedding to Camilla (Olivia Williams), Harry remains as angry, bitter and aimless as ever, shooting daggers at the couple on the altar. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2023 The film’s official synopsis indicates the film is set in Florida the day after Christmas and centers on Billy 5000, an aimless teenager and delivery driver. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Jan. 2024 His mother sent the aimless youth to a chalet in the Austrian Alps which served as a combination university and sanatorium. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2024 Yet a sense of loneliness gradually dawns on him as a consequence of the aimless pleasures and social isolation. Gregory M. Collins, National Review, 27 Dec. 2023 The great world spins; tides rise and fall; aimless 20-somethings flirt with danger. Hamilton Cain, New York Times, 27 June 2023 The box-office disappointment of The Marvels reveals an aimless, troubled franchise in serious need of course correction. Jack Butler, National Review, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aimless was in 1583

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“Aimless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: lacking a goal or purpose
aimless wandering
aimlessly adverb
aimlessness noun

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