sun·​less ˈsən-ləs How to pronounce sunless (audio)
: 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 sunless winter caused extraordinary disorientation; her imagination conjured phantoms from the dark. Taymour Soomro Scott Conarroe, New York Times, 10 May 2023 What governs the sunless vistas is not a peaceable kingdom but a fierce contest for life, occasionally made vivid for us by the fiery, bioluminescent nature of its display. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2023 Its hangar can hold three miniature submarines for taking humans into the sunless depths. William J. Broad, New York Times, 17 Sep. 2020 Hoel looked so pale Jian often wondered if the woman had seen anything but the inside of a sunless lab for the last thirty years. Amos Zeeberg (discover Web Editor), Discover Magazine, 15 July 2010 Unlike the splotchy, bright orange fake tans of the early to mid 2000s, today’s sunless tanning products are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. Cristina Montemayor, SELF, 27 May 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sunless was in 1589

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“Sunless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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sun·​less ˈsən-ləs How to pronounce sunless (audio)
: lacking sunshine : dark
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