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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Other Words from headless

headlessness noun

Examples of headless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s still some Halloween fun to be had in Sleepy Hollow more than 200 years after Washington Irving published his classic story about the headless horseman who terrorized a hapless Ichabod Crane. Leanne Italie, chicagotribune.com, "Trick-or-What? Pandemic Halloween is a mixed bag all around," 16 Sep. 2020 Earlier Thursday, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department found a woman's headless body on the Sugar Creek Bridge. Lydia Gerike, The Indianapolis Star, "Crawfordsville man accused of killing wife, burying her head in basement," 26 Aug. 2020 Colorful and alluring, the posters are rife with headless figures, floating cards, crystal balls and big promises. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Amazing Poster Art From the “Golden Age” of Magic," 4 Mar. 2020 The headless dog can detect how many people are around. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Robot Dog Is Encouraging People to Social Distance in Singapore," 14 May 2020 The discovery of a headless corpse on Monday in one of Los Angeles’ most popular parks has local investigators wondering what happened to the unknown victim. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Hiker Finds Decapitated Body in Los Angeles' Griffith Park," 4 Dec. 2019 Another time, the headless corpse of a man washed ashore. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "In squalid Mexico tent city, asylum seekers are growing so desperate they're sending their children over the border alone," 22 Nov. 2019 And a headless mannequin in a prison uniform is an intense symbol for voting rights for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, an issue which has been front line in Kentucky politics in the last year. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "'The spirit of democracy.' BallotBox explores past, present and future of American voting," 11 Mar. 2020 Clemens’s work often pays subtle homage to street retail, with its gold chains pinned in lines on red velveteen cushions and sundresses on headless Styrofoam mannequins. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Telfar Clemens’s Mass Appeal," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of headless

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

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20 Sep 2020

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“Headless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headless. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of headless

: having no head

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