expressionless

adjective
ex·​pres·​sion·​less | \ ik-ˈspre-shən-ləs How to pronounce expressionless (audio) \

Definition of expressionless

: lacking expression an expressionless face

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from expressionless

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 Already, Myanmar officials and thousands of supporters praised her expressionless demeanor at the court Tuesday, as Gambia spent hours detailing stories of systematic rape, murder and brutality. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Aung San Suu Kyi, former democracy icon, defends Myanmar against genocide allegations," 11 Dec. 2019 Quinones seemed calm and expressionless during the chase. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Across the Nation," 8 Sep. 2019 Quinones seemed calm and expressionless during the chase, sometimes glancing in the rearview mirror. CBS News, "Minnesota man Brian J. Quinones killed in police shooting after live-streaming chase," 8 Sep. 2019 Quinones seemed calm and expressionless during the chase, sometimes glancing in the rearview mirror. chicagotribune.com, "Man livestreamed himself being chased by Minnesota police before they fatally shot him," 8 Sep. 2019 Dylan’s deep, oddly expressionless voice doesn’t necessarily do any favors to a genre known for its marked warmth, and his slick band of studio musicians adds to the disconnect. Aidin Vaziri, SFChronicle.com, "Review: Jakob Dylan's 'Echo in the Canyon' soundtrack rings hollow," 24 June 2019 That whole expressionless thing didn’t last long, however. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: An End to War That Doesn't Feature the Avengers," 29 Apr. 2018 At least in the case of Cosby, who is played by a white woman (gulp), the expressionless line-readings are probably for the better. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Performing Arts / Theater The best and rest of Rhinofest," 8 Feb. 2018 Some called it a turning point in the Vietnam War—a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of me in 1972, age 9, running along a puddled roadway in front of an expressionless soldier. Kim Phuc Phan Thi, WSJ, "The Salvation of ‘Napalm Girl’," 21 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'expressionless.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of expressionless

1831, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about expressionless

Time Traveler for expressionless

Time Traveler

The first known use of expressionless was in 1831

See more words from the same year

Statistics for expressionless

Cite this Entry

“Expressionless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expressionless. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on expressionless

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for expressionless

Spanish Central: Translation of expressionless

Nglish: Translation of expressionless for Spanish Speakers

Comments on expressionless

What made you want to look up expressionless? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!