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[sawng-lis, song-] /ˈsɔŋ lɪs, ˈsɒŋ-/
devoid of song; lacking the power of a song, as a bird.
Origin of songless
First recorded in 1795-1805; song + -less
Related forms
songlessly, adverb
songlessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I saw some letters in Our Post-office Box asking for remedies for songless canaries.

  • Strictly speaking, these birds may be considered as songless.

  • The poet wonders what "songless tongueless ghost of sin crept through the curtains of the night."

    Oscar Wilde Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  • And she was only a female thing—a reed of the river, songless, and blown by the wind as the rest were.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
  • In a fork of one of these a bird's nest of last year was still hanging; but it was now empty, songless, joyless, and dead.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • In the songless silence the robin was practising his autumn reverie.

  • They are songless birds, and yet all are musicians; they make the dry limbs eloquent of the coming change.

  • So the land is blasted and barren and songless, and those who dwell in it are in misery.

    The Secret Glory Arthur Machen
  • O attendants mine, in what moans of bitter lamentation do I dwell, in the songs of a songless strain unfit for the lyre, alas!

  • There it is dingy-brown, and songless, and it smells of smoke.

    The Cardinal's Snuff-Box Henry Harland

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