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fatherless

[fah-th er-lis] /ˈfɑ ðər lɪs/
adjective
1.
not having a living father:
a fatherless boy.
2.
not having a known or legally responsible father.
Origin of fatherless
1000
before 1000; Middle English faderles, Old English fæderlēas. See father, -less
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  • My child––what will she do––poor, motherless, fatherless girl––all alone, all alone––.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • The other fatherless creatures lay in the little dressing-room.

    The Doctor's Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • They spare neither widow nor fatherless, nor have they so much as a bed to lie on.

  • By Angus Rothesay's bed they stood—the widow and the fatherless!

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • I brought with me my three fatherless children, so our family numbered twelve.

  • Because I delivered the poor that cried and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

    General Gordon J. Wardle
  • It was his gift to the fatherless, yet he never would acknowledge it.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • Who will say that the cry of the 'widow and fatherless' is disregarded in His sight!

    Behind the Scenes Elizabeth Keckley
British Dictionary definitions for fatherless

fatherless

/ˈfɑːðəlɪs/
adjective
1.
having no father
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Word Origin and History for fatherless
adj.

Old English fæderleas; see father (n.) + -less.

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