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

Definition of lifeless

: having no life:
a : dead
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 Bo Scarbrough On the street as a free agent a month ago, Scarbrough made his NFL debut Sunday and gave the Lions’ lifeless ground game a boost. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Lions stock watch: Paul Pasqualoni could be Matt Patricia's fall guy," 18 Nov. 2019 The best way to avoid lifeless looking hair and the seasonal slump this fall, is to do your hair. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "9 Fresh Ways To Style Curly Hair," 11 Nov. 2019 For Northwestern, a season marked by lifeless offense will end in a last-place finish in the Big Ten West. Robbie Weinstein,, "Northwestern scores its first 3 touchdowns in a month but loses to Purdue 24-22 on a late field goal and falls to 1-8," 9 Nov. 2019 Auburn’s lifeless offense is scary, scary stuff, but its struggles are nothing compared to some of these ghoulish things dragging and sucking their animated corpses aimlessly around the league. Joseph Goodman, al, "What’s scarier than Auburn’s offense? A Rocky Top Horror Picture Show," 31 Oct. 2019 Nobody wants to hear it because nobody wants to continue seeing all of this — the really boring games, the lifeless environments, the double-digit deficits so soon after kickoff. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Watching UConn football has become torture; Huskies could be headed toward another one-win season," 6 Oct. 2019 These Bruins look like a middling Mountain West Conference team after a second consecutive loss amid a largely lifeless showing. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA fouls up from the get-go in loss to Oregon State," 5 Oct. 2019 The Vikings’ quarterback has been at the center of a growing storm of frustration in Minnesota, prompted by the team’s lifeless offense and middling results. Michael Errigo, The Denver Post, "With Kirk Cousins struggling, the QB carousel of 2018 continues to sputter," 2 Oct. 2019 In the bleak, sometimes almost lifeless environments that result, the seafloor is carpeted with urchins. Smithsonian, "Can Eating Sea Urchins Help Revive Kelp Forests?," 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of lifeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Lifeless.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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How to pronounce lifeless (audio)

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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