Cora was led away, and Dora slipped into the next room, that her mother might not be vexed at her partnerless state.
He came across Humphrey, who was partnerless for the moment.
That often left Cora partnerless unless she wanted to dance again and again with Raymond.
The band struck up; and Roy, partnerless, stood looking on, the film of the East over his face masking the clash of forces within.
I have almost forgotten how to dance; you had better keep me as a reserve fund for the partnerless and forlorn.
c.1300, altered from parcener (late 13c.), from Old French parçonier "partner, associate; joint owner, joint heir," from parçon "partition, division. portion, share, lot," from Latin partitionem (nominative partitio) "a sharing, partition, division, distribution" (see partition (n.)). Form in English influenced by part (n.). The word also may represent Old French part tenour "part holder."
1610s, transitive, "to make a partner," from partner (n.). Intransitive sense from 1961. Related: Partnered; partnering.