life·​less | \ ˈlīf-ləs How to pronounce lifeless (audio) \

Definition of lifeless

: having no life:
a : dead
b : inanimate
c : lacking qualities expressive of life and vigor : insipid
d : destitute of living beings

Other Words from lifeless

lifelessly adverb
lifelessness noun

Examples of lifeless in a Sentence

a cold and lifeless landscape The book's plot was lifeless and predictable.
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First Known Use of lifeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lifeless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of lifeless

: having no living things
: dead or appearing to be dead
: lacking spirit, interest, or energy


life·​less | \ ˈlīf-ləs How to pronounce lifeless (audio) \

Kids Definition of lifeless

1 : having no living things a lifeless planet
2 : dead or appearing to be dead
3 : lacking spirit, interest, or energy a lifeless house

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