sun·less | \ˈsən-ləs \

Definition of sunless 

: lacking sunshine : dark, cheerless

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Examples of sunless in a Sentence

mental patients who were once condemned to spend their lives in the sunless confines of a state asylum

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First Known Use of sunless

1589, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sunless was in 1589

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English Language Learners Definition of sunless

: having little light from the sun : not sunny


sun·less | \ˈsən-ləs \

Kids Definition of sunless

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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