spineless

adjective spine·less \ ˈspīn-ləs \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of spineless

1 : free from spines, thorns, or prickles
2 a : having no spinal column : invertebrate
b : lacking strength of character

spinelessly

adverb

spinelessness

noun

Examples of spineless in a Sentence

  1. a spineless man who let his wife make all the decisions

  2. spineless seamen who trembled at the first roar of the cannon

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First Known Use of spineless

1827


SPINELESS Defined for English Language Learners

spineless

adjective

Definition of spineless for English Language Learners

  • : lacking courage or strength

  • : having no spine or spines


SPINELESS Defined for Kids

spineless

adjective spine·less \ ˈspīn-ləs \

Definition of spineless for Students

1 : lacking spines
  • spineless stems
2 : having no backbone
  • a spineless animal
3 : lacking spirit, courage, or determination


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