sun·​less | \ ˈsən-ləs How to pronounce sunless (audio) \

Definition of sunless

: lacking sunshine : dark, cheerless

Examples of sunless in a Sentence

mental patients who were once condemned to spend their lives in the sunless confines of a state asylum
Recent Examples on the Web The camera lights illuminate the sunless landscape in a way that suggests a sci-fi movie. John Anderson, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 Soon, however, a revolutionary new telescope launching in 2025 may be able unlock the secrets of the darkness of space, where sunless worlds may even outnumber the stars. Nola Taylor Redd, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Sep. 2020 Olson connected in the bottom half on another smoky, sunless day that had the strange sight of ballpark lights on in the afternoon. Janie Mccauley, Houston Chronicle, 10 Sep. 2020 To the villagers along the Iditarod’s remote, often sunless trails, Mountain is just another musher on a sled helmed by 14 dogs. NBC News, 9 Mar. 2020 The giant plastic spheres and, in at least one case, a hemisphere, are opening eyes to the sunless depths of the ocean and leading to discoveries. William J. Broad, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2019 On land, there were several years of freezing temperatures and sunless skies, not to mention the tsunamis and worldwide wildfires. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 24 Oct. 2019 Services include sunless spray tanning, European bronzing beds, stand-up sun booths, and spa services such as photo facials and FIT (far infrared technology) bodywrap. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2019 Check out Tan-Luxe Wonder Oil Illuminating Self-Tan Oil, a miraculous, sunless solution to maintain your tan — even under the light of the moon. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 30 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sunless

1589, in the meaning defined above

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“Sunless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of sunless

: having little light from the sun : not sunny


sun·​less | \ ˈsən-ləs How to pronounce sunless (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunless

: being without sunlight : dark a sunless day a sunless cave


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