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colorless

[kuhl-er-lis]
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adjective
  1. without color: Pure water is colorless.
  2. pallid; dull in color: a colorless complexion.
  3. lacking vividness or distinctive character; dull; insipid: a colorless description of the parade.
  4. unbiased; neutral.

Origin of colorless

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at color, -less
Related formscol·or·less·ly, adverbcol·or·less·ness, noun

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3. unexciting, dreary, drab, lackluster.
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Examples from the Web for colorless

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

  • 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</p>

    Sir Hall Caine


Word Origin and History for colorless

adj.

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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