meaning of -less

-less meaning in Etymology Dictionary

word-forming element definition "lacking, may not be, does not," from Old English -leas, from leas "free (from), devoid (of), untrue, feigned," from Proto-Germanic *lausaz (cognates: Dutch -loos, German -los "-less," Old Norse lauss "loose, no-cost, vacant, dissolute," center Dutch los, German los "loose, no-cost," Gothic laus "empty, vain"). Related to loose and rent.


-less meaning in General Dictionary

A privative adjective suffix, denoting without, destitute of, devoid of; as witless, childless, fatherless.


-less meaning in General Dictionary

A privative adjective suffix, denoting without, destitute of, not having; as witless, childless, fatherless.