lifeless

adjective
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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic finds teams adopting disparate identities: engaged and cohesive one night, lifeless and beatable the next. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors could be draft day darlings, or they could be left empty handed," 9 Feb. 2021 Without smells to guide me, my sense of taste faded and food flattened out, going gray and muted, dull and lifeless. New York Times, "I Lost My Appetite Because of Covid. This Sichuan Flavor Brought It Back.," 20 Jan. 2021 Mel Tucker’s team came out utterly flat and lifeless, another indictment of the coaches. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football grades: Besides Payton Thorne, it's all bad for the Spartans," 5 Dec. 2020 A year ago, when Green Bay lost 37-20 to the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, Young was surprised by how lifeless Rodgers and his teammates looked. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Bucs vs. Packers at snowy Lambeau? 49ers’ Steve Young recalls his near-death experience," 23 Jan. 2021 As recent decades witnessed amazing commercial innovation, the Pentagon sat comparatively lifeless, fettered by Cold War habits that hinder agility. Dr. Will Roper, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Flew an AI Copilot on a U-2. Now, the Algorithm Has a New Mission.," 19 Jan. 2021 Images also shared on social media from the scene showed rubble and broken glass strewn about near the airport building and at least two lifeless bodies, one of them charred, lying on the ground. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Explosion rocks Yemen airport in 'cowardly terrorist attack' as new Cabinet members land," 31 Dec. 2020 Images shared on social media from the scene showed rubble and broken glass strewn about near the airport building and at least two lifeless bodies, one of them charred, lying on the ground. Samy Magdy, BostonGlobe.com, "Blast at Yemen airport kills at least 16, wounds 60, officials say," 30 Dec. 2020 And a 17-point collapse against a Steelers squad that looked lifeless throughout the first 40 minutes of the game might just knock the Colts right out of the postseason. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 16 winners and losers: Is Packers QB Aaron Rodgers running away in MVP race?," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of lifeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2021

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“Lifeless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lifeless. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for lifeless

lifeless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lifeless

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

lifeless

adjective
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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