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[sleev-lis] /ˈsliv lɪs/
without sleeves.
amounting to nothing; unprofitable; futile:
a sleeveless errand.
Origin of sleeveless
before 950; Middle English; Old English slīeflēas. See sleeve, -less
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sleevelessness, noun Unabridged
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  • He had thrown off his coat and cap, and his sleeveless arms were bare to the armpits.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Enter Simon, smiling; he has a sleeveless peasant's coat on.

    Fruits of Culture Leo Tolstoy
  • A short, sleeveless surcoat, worn over armour from about 1340 to about 1405.

  • "Vainglory is a sleeveless errand," murmured the spirit of the flagellant.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • The Surcoat was of two principal kinds: the sleeveless and the sleeved.

Word Origin and History for sleeveless

Old English sliefleas, slyflease; see sleeve (n.) + -less.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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