nameless

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English nameles, equivalent to name +‎ -less. Cognate with Dutch naamloos (nameless), German namenlos (nameless), Danish navnløs (nameless), Swedish namnlös (nameless), Icelandic nafnlaus (nameless, anonymous).

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nameless (not comparable)

  1. Not having a name; unnamed.
  2. Whose name is unknown; unidentified or obscure; anonymous.
  3. Unable to be described or expressed.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure, page 126:
      Minute grew into minute, and still there was no sign of life, nor did the curtain move; but I felt the gaze of the unknown being sinking through and through me, and filling me with a nameless terror, till the perspiration stood in beads upon my brow.
  4. (dated, of a child) Illegitimate.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:illegitimate

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