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[foo t-lis] /ˈfʊt lɪs/
lacking a foot or feet.
having no support or basis; unsubstantial:
footless dreams of glory.
awkward, helpless, or inefficient.
Origin of footless
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at foot, -less Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He's a footless kind of breed—but straight, as far as I know.

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner
  • But this would give rise to a footless argument, leading nowhere.

    Edge of the Jungle William Beebe
  • I said some footless thing or other to her the other day, and she turned me down, as Betty says.

    Smith College Stories Josephine Dodge Daskam
  • He, after his footless fashion, didn't bother to acknowledge my note.

    The Deluge David Graham Phillips
  • I, a footless stocking in which ten cats could not catch one mouse.

    The Green Book Mr Jkai
  • "footless, yellow earth-worm," said Bagheera under his whiskers, as though he were trying to remember something.

    The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • After this the mutilated wife of Lomboto, of Ekerongo, was carried by a chief, who showed her footless leg and hernia.

    The Crime of the Congo Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Et encore—even the “silent and footless herds” may have more inter-accommodation than we are aware.

    Hearts of Controversy Alice Meynell
  • The women here wear toeless or footless stockings, the upper part of the foot being bare.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The initiated know what it means, but I doubt if any one else would recognize the significance of the headless and footless box!

Word Origin and History for footless

late 14c., from foot (n.) + -less.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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