I'm not one o' your coatless, characterless scamps wot 'ang about livery-stables ready to do anything they're bid.
At first sight he had struck her as undefined, characterless.
The monotony of that broad, characterless street seemed more than usually depressing.
But the pity of it is that most of the new things are characterless and dreary.
It is true that their body is continually swelled by adventurers, and often characterless adventurers.
Give me character, good or bad; characterless things are odious.
It is a feeble, characterless, uninspiring sort of stuff, and almost as undrinkable as if it had been made in an American hotel.
Precisely; it is to give character to his characterless address.
The result is a feeble, characterless tone which rarely fills an auditorium as it should.
A mean, characterless entrance admits you to the far-famed palace.
mid-14c., carecter, "symbol marked or branded on the body;" mid-15c., "symbol or drawing used in sorcery," from Old French caratere "feature, character" (13c., Modern French caractère), from Latin character, from Greek kharakter "engraved mark," also "symbol or imprint on the soul," also "instrument for marking," from kharassein "to engrave," from kharax "pointed stake," from PIE root *gher- "to scrape, scratch." Meaning extended in ancient times by metaphor to "a defining quality."
You remember Eponina, who kept her husband alive in an underground cavern so devotedly and heroically? The force of character she showed in keeping up his spirits would have been used to hide a lover from her husband if they had been living quietly in Rome. Strong characters need strong nourishment. [Stendhal "de l'Amour," 1822]Meaning "sum of qualities that define a person" is from 1640s. Sense of "person in a play or novel" is first attested 1660s, in reference to the "defining qualities" he or she is given by the author. Meaning "a person" in the abstract is from 1749; especially "eccentric person" (1773). Colloquial sense of "chap, fellow" is from 1931. The Latin ch- spelling was restored from 1500s. Character actor attested from 1861; character assassination from 1888; character-building (n.) from 1886.
character char·ac·ter (kār'ək-tər)
An attribute, trait, or distinct structural or functional feature. Also called characteristic.