masterless

adjective mas·ter·less

Definition of masterless

1 a : lacking a master
  • a masterless horse
b archaic : being without a master or other reputable means of livelihood : vagabond, vagrant
  • provided harsh punishments for sturdy vagabonds and masterless men
2 obsolete : ungoverned, ungovernable

masterlessness

noun, plural -es

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Origin and Etymology of masterless

Middle English maisterles, from maister master + -les -less


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