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colour +‎ -less


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkʌlə(ɹ).ləs/
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colourless (comparative more colourless, superlative most colourless) (British spelling)

  1. Having little or no colour.
    • 1867, Ivan Sergheïevitch Turgenef [i.e., Ivan Turgenev], chapter I, in Eugene Schuyler, transl., Fathers and Sons [], New York, N.Y.: Leypoldt and Holt, OCLC 1320657, page 1:
      The servant to whom he put this question was a young fellow with chubby cheeks, small, dull eyes, and a round chin, covered with a colorless down.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, volume 1, London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., page 14:
      Behind him the hills are open, the sun blazes down upon fields so large as to give an unenclosed character to the landscape, the lanes are white, the hedges low and plashed, the atmosphere colourless.
  2. (of a liquid) Water white.
  3. Lacking in interest or variety.


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