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[kuhl-er-lis] /ˈkʌl ər lɪs/
without color:
Pure water is colorless.
pallid; dull in color:
a colorless complexion.
lacking vividness or distinctive character; dull; insipid:
a colorless description of the parade.
unbiased; neutral.
Origin of colorless
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at color, -less
Related forms
colorlessly, adverb
colorlessness, noun
3. unexciting, dreary, drab, lackluster. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A flush rose in Sara's face: no one would have called her colorless now.

    For the Major Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Rose ran to her, and coming behind her saw in the glass that her lips were colorless.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • She was as ignored by the crowd around her as the colorless shadow at her side.

  • As she reached it she held her breath and her teeth dug into her colorless lips.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • He was such a colorless nonentity that he simply seemed to fade into the background of the walls once he had made his entrance.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
Word Origin and History for colorless

late 14c., from color (n.) + -less. Figurative sense of "lacking vividness" is recorded from 1861. Related: Colorlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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