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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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  • She had one end of the shawl between her fingers and was twisting it aimlessly.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • aimlessly wandering about Last Chance, sir, harmless and to be pitied.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
  • 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.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • At last he rose and aimlessly paced the floor once or twice.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • 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


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



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

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