bootless

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Etymology 1[edit]

From boot +‎ -less.

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bootless (not comparable)

  1. Without boots.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English boteles, botles, from Old English bōtlēas; equivalent to boot (profit; use; behoof) +‎ -less. Doublet of botleas.

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bootless (comparative more bootless, superlative most bootless)

  1. Profitless; pointless; unavailing.
    • 1592–1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet XXIX:
      When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, / I all alone beweep my outcast state / And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries
    • 1844, Sir John William Kaye, Peregrine Pultuney: or, Life in India, page 251:
      The lieutenant tried the handle again, but still his efforts were quite bootless. He pushed and kicked, but the door was a strong one.

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