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aimless

[eym-lis] /ˈeɪm lɪs/
adjective
1.
without aim; purposeless.
Origin of aimless
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30; aim + -less
Related forms
aimlessly, adverb
aimlessness, noun
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  • She had one end of the shawl between her fingers and was twisting it aimlessly.

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  • aimlessly wandering about Last Chance, sir, harmless and to be pitied.

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  • She seemed to be existing without an excuse; aimlessly, soullessly.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • His eyes roamed about aimlessly for a moment, then became still.

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  • At last he rose and aimlessly paced the floor once or twice.

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  • He hung about aimlessly, watching the game at the one occupied table.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • With that he re-entered his shop, while I strolled on at first aimlessly down the street.

  • Some one seemed to be walking about aimlessly, as if uncertain where to knock.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • In panic, he began to run too, aimlessly, he knew not whither.

    The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
British Dictionary definitions for aimlessly

aimless

/ˈeɪmlɪs/
adjective
1.
having no goal, purpose, or direction
Derived Forms
aimlessly, adverb
aimlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for aimlessly

aimless

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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