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Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown. Perhaps derived from Old English þeatless (thoughtless', "without plan). See also deedless.


dateless (comparative more dateless, superlative most dateless)

  1. Out of one's head; deranged.
    • 1848, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Mary Barton, page 98:
      Poor soul, she's gone dateless, I think, with care, and watching, and overmuch trouble; and who can wonder?
    • 1863, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Sylvia's Lovers[1], page 135:
      and he were put in York prison and tried and hung - hung! Charley! - kind father was hung on a gallows and mother lost sense and grew silly in grief and we were like to be turned on t' wide world and poor mother dateless
    • 1881, Edwin Waugh, “The Dead Man's Dinner”, in Tufts of heather, page 307:
      An' they geet howd on her, and carried her into Sally Grimshaw's, an' laid her upo' th' couch cheer, as dateless as a stone !
  2. (Britain, dialect, slang) thick-headed
    They're so dateless that Burger King will not offer them a job.
    • 1997, Peter O'Toole, Loitering with Intent: The Apprentice[2], →ISBN, page 281:
      Into the court you'd swanned, you dateless little pillock, if not wholly confident of winning, surely careless of losing.
    • 1976, Fred Beake, Legends from Mammon[3], page 8:
      You dateless fool, you stupid ass, clamped to / This crag for all eternity
    • 2001, August 4, “Lynne Walker”, in Classical: Musical portrait of the artist as a young man[4]:
      "You dateless article," stormed his father, leaving Bennett to realise in his laconic way that he was, and probably always would be, a disappointment to Dad.

Etymology 2[edit]

Coined between 1585 and 1595 from date +‎ -less[1][2]


dateless (not comparable)

  1. Without a date imprinted, assigned, or associated.
  2. Having no date—a meeting with a lover or potential lover.
    It is hard to believe that she could be dateless on a Saturday night.
  3. Timeless; immortal
    • Milton
      the dateless and irrevoluble circle of eternity
  4. Without a start; immemorial
  5. (archaic) Without an end; endless
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnet XXX,
      Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow, / For precious friends hid in death's dateless night