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From Middle English lyfles, lifles, from Old English līflēas (lifeless), equivalent to life +‎ -less. Cognate with West Frisian libbensleas (lifeless), Dutch levenloos (lifeless), German leblos (lifeless), Danish livløs (lifeless), Swedish livlös (lifeless), Icelandic líflaus (lifeless).


  • IPA(key): /ˈlaɪfləs/
  • Hyphenation: life‧less


lifeless (comparative more lifeless, superlative most lifeless)

  1. inanimate; having no life
  2. dead; having lost life
  3. uninhabited, or incapable of supporting life
  4. dull or lacking vitality
    • 2018 December 1, Tom Rostance, “Southampton 2 - 2 Manchester United”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      In a largely lifeless second half their only shot on target was a tame overhead effort from Paul Pogba, and Mourinho's already stretched squad saw Luke Shaw and Lukaku limp off late on, while Ashley Young picked up a fifth booking of the season which rules him out of Wednesday's league game at home to Arsenal.

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