head·​less | \ ˈhed-ləs How to pronounce headless (audio) \

Definition of headless

1a : having no head
b : having the head cut off : beheaded
2 : having no chief
3 : lacking good sense or prudence : foolish

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headlessness noun

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And there’s also a headless Norteño musician with a cowboy hat and an accordion. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Look who’s featured in this new mural celebrating SAP Center," 31 Aug. 2019 Citizens of a small Missouri town are getting spooked after faceless and headless dolls have started popping up around the community. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Creepy Faceless and Headless Dolls Pop Up Over Town and Officials Are Understandably Confused," 16 Aug. 2019 Mike the headless chicken Fruita Lloyd Olsen, a Fruita farmer, chopped Mike’s head off while butchering chickens in March 1945. Tom Noel, The Know, "16 strange, spooky and (mostly) true Colorado stories to tell around a campfire," 24 Aug. 2019 Anything will do: A toy dinosaur, a headless Superman, a bowling pin — all are set up in artistic displays along the narrow trail. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "This might be the creepiest hike you’ll ever go on," 15 Aug. 2019 The resulting photos show her headless body in a long dark dress, her slender arms outstretched and shiny with the stuff. Eryn Loeb, Longreads, "When Friendship Fades But the Images Linger," 9 Aug. 2019 Most noteworthy, however, is the classic golden statue of the headless naked woman. Caroline Tew, EW.com, "You can hold adorable guinea pigs at Fleabag-inspired pop-up cafe in Los Angeles," 7 Aug. 2019 These conversations play out over the big screen courtesy of motion graphics artist Chris Johns, with a medley of headless torso shots and accompanying disclaimers specifying masc, femme, etc. Harry Windsor, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sequin in a Blue Room': Film Review | Outfest 2019," 22 July 2019 That was before Egg’s headless body was found last year decomposed in a fish tank. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Welcome home: Trips abroad put San Francisco’s chaotic streets in perspective," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of headless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of headless

: having no head

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