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[sahyt-lis] /ˈsaɪt lɪs/
unable to see; blind.
Origin of sightless
1200-50; Middle English. See sight, -less
Related forms
sightlessly, adverb
sightlessness, noun Unabridged
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Contemporary Examples
  • The Daily Pic (Venice Biennale Edition): Artur Zmijewski presents the work of sightless painters as futile, and necessary.

Historical Examples
  • He lies prone on the floor, staring at me with dead, sightless eyes.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • His eyes did not move from her face; but they looked almost like sightless eyes.

  • If a bird sang in the air above her, she lifted her sightless eyes.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • "It is I who am selfish, Mercy," she said, and kissed the sightless orbs.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • He sat on a stump, staring with sightless eyes into vacancy.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • In the river are eyeless fish, and fish with eyes, but sightless.

  • But deathly pallor and staring, sightless eyes were the sole reply.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • Malcolm, looking at the sightless eyes, felt his spine go creepy.

    The Book of All-Power Edgar Wallace
  • Goddard's sightless eyes were turned for an instant in her direction.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for sightless


Derived Forms
sightlessly, adverb
sightlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sightless

late 13c., from sight (n.) + -less. Related: Sightlessly; sightlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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