head·​less | \ˈhed-ləs \

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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The headless chicken monster is actually a type of sea cucumber commonly found in the Gulf of Mexico. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Mysterious 'Headless Chicken Monster' Spotted in Ocean Near Antarctica," 22 Oct. 2018 The headless body of a missing San Francisco man is believed to have been found inside a fish tank in his home, multiple outlets reported Tuesday. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "San Francisco bartender's headless, handless body believed found in home fish tank," 28 Aug. 2018 Near the headless corpse, investigators discovered a bunker containing supplies, guns and ammo dug into the hillside. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Man on the run charged with murder after his DNA was found on samurai sword believed to be used to behead woman: police," 30 June 2018 Lotto places Odoni among headless torsos and a torso-less head. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Modern Portraitist, Ahead of His Time," 6 July 2018 From hay rides to a cemetery to maybe spotting the headless horseman, this is your ultimate Sleepy Hollow bucket list. 1. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "The Best Things To Do In Sleepy Hollow On Halloween," 9 July 2018 The Oregon troopers later found a headless deer near the location where the truck had been photographed. The Seattle Times, OregonLive.com, "Dozens more charges filed in wildlife poaching ring probe," 16 May 2018 All written up to get people all excited. Bet the old hens were running around like headless chickens. Jessica Stahl, Washington Post, "‘Letters From War’: 1941 – The calm (full transcript)," 3 Jan. 2018 Responding officers discovered Sherry’s headless body in her yard soon after arriving at her property, Stone County Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Beloved Mississippi Guidance Counselor Found Decapitated in Her Yard — and Son Is Suspect," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of headless

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

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The first known use of headless was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of headless

: having no head

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