ex·​pres·​sion·​less ik-ˈspre-shən-ləs How to pronounce expressionless (audio)
: lacking expression
an expressionless face
expressionlessly adverb
expressionlessness noun

Examples of expressionless in a Sentence

veteran poker players invariably have expressionless faces, regardless of the hand they're holding
Recent Examples on the Web Subjects were shown pictures of two expressionless male faces over and over. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 11 Sep. 2012 Bale ran to the corner of the pitch, and, having been an expressionless bystander for much of the evening, shouted in ecstasy. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 The company poured $10 billion into its Reality Labs division last year, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was criticized last week after posting a selfie that showed an expressionless version of his avatar in front of the Eiffel Tower. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 30 Aug. 2022 The man’s small, expressionless eyes were fixed on Yura. Vladimir Sorokin, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 For a stretch late last year into the early months of this year, the most withering style assessments available online came in the form of Mark Boutilier’s very round, very calm, very expressionless face. New York Times, 8 July 2021 Though Duncan played the game with the expressionless countenance of a Sphinx, inside beat the heart of a cold-blooded, competitive killer. Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News, 14 May 2021 Cleveland Cavaliers rookie swingman Isaac Okoro, drenched in water and with a glow on his typically expressionless face following a wild postgame celebration, had just punctuated a remarkable debut with a pair of game-winning plays. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 22 Dec. 2020 He is known more for expressionless recitations of government policy than flashes of charisma. Ben Dooley, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of expressionless was in 1831

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“Expressionless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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