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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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  • Andy, colorless, his blood cold, brushed aside the arm of the intercessor.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The woman looked at him intently for a moment, then spoke in a colorless voice.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Dumbfounded was a colorless word to describe her state of mind.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The complexion was colorless but clear, the face being all smooth shaven.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • It was the face of Paul, colorless, agitated, with flashing eyes.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
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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