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[eym-lis] /ˈeɪm lɪs/
without aim; purposeless.
Origin of aimless
First recorded in 1620-30; aim + -less
Related forms
aimlessly, adverb
aimlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • After all their piety was aimless and of no utility to humanity.

  • aimless also, I turned into the Mall, and again I started at the sight of a known figure.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • He was crossing the Rue Mont Blanc with every appearance of an aimless stroller.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • It might be thought that the fair Frances led an aimless and idle life.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • Another lot were kicking about a football in an aimless way.

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for aimless


having no goal, purpose, or direction
Derived Forms
aimlessly, adverb
aimlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for aimless

1620s, from aim (n.) + -less. Related: Aimlessly; aimlessness.

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