col·​or·​less | \ ˈkə-lər-ləs How to pronounce colorless (audio) \

Definition of colorless

: lacking color: such as
a : pallid, blanched a colorless complexion
b : dull, uninteresting colorless prose

Other Words from colorless

colorlessly adverb
colorlessness noun

Examples of colorless in a Sentence

since we can't decide what color to paint the doghouse, our latest home project remains colorless for the time being page after page of colorless prose without even one neat turn of phrase
Recent Examples on the Web With a colorless prime minister in Jean Castex — Mr. Macron has tended to be wary of anyone who might impinge on his aura — there have been few other compelling political figures able to carry the president’s campaign in his absence. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Black diamonds have never been as desirable as colorless white diamond or other fancy colored diamonds. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 17 Jan. 2022 During production, a blank dial is finished in a silvery-white color on its right half, then the black chronograph counters are milled while the rest of the dial is protected with a layer of transparent and colorless lacquer. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 12 Jan. 2022 Windrip defeats Franklin Roosevelt for the 1936 Democratic presidential nomination and then defeats his colorless Republican opponent. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause illness and death if found in sufficient concentration in the air. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 9 Dec. 2021 Nothing will do more to slow the rate of near-term global warming than cutting an odorless, colorless greenhouse gas—not carbon dioxide but methane. Fred Krupp, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2021 By contrast, Villeneuve envisioned the Harkonnens’ Giedi Prime as a highly advanced but colorless world, devoid of any semblance of vegetation or natural light, to the point that its inhabitants have evolved to become ghostly pale and hairless. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2021 Sitting among the ministers, as their equal, but next to Prince Lvov, was gray, colorless Shchepkin, administrator for the Ministry of the Interior, inasmuch as Prince Georgi Evgenich himself, given his busy schedule and responsibility . . . Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, National Review, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of colorless

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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1 May 2022

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“Colorless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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col·​or·​less | \ ˈkə-lər-ləs How to pronounce colorless (audio) \

Kids Definition of colorless

1 : having no color
3 : dull entry 1 sense 3 Her face had a colorless expression.

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