headless

adjective

head·​less ˈhed-ləs How to pronounce headless (audio)
1
a
: having no head
b
: having the head cut off : beheaded
2
: having no chief
3
: lacking good sense or prudence : foolish
headlessness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But cancel all communication and businesses risk having unaccountable workers running around like headless chickens. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2023 Others depict headless bodies against bleak, dystopian landscapes. Aaron C. Davis And Dalton Bennett, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Oct. 2022 At Auburn, a headless team without life drags itself aimlessly towards nothingness and worse, the bottom of the SEC West standings. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 29 Oct. 2022 Indeed, when paired with 5G connectivity, TeamViewer's remote-control capabilities that support embedded, headless devices in industrial environments have the potential to unlock manufacturing automation efficiencies and more. Will Townsend, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Others depict headless bodies against bleak, dystopian landscapes. Aaron C. Davis And Dalton Bennett, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Oct. 2022 Others depict headless bodies against bleak, dystopian landscapes. Aaron C. Davis And, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2022 Others depict headless bodies against bleak, dystopian landscapes. Dalton Bennett, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2022 The 80s was also a time when finding a headless corpse wasn't that uncommon. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Headless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headless. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

headless

adjective
head·​less ˈhed-ləs How to pronounce headless (audio)
1
: having no head
2
: having no chief
3
: lacking good sense or prudence : foolish
headlessness noun
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