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[suhn-lis] /ˈsʌn lɪs/
lacking sun or sunlight; dark:
a sunless room.
dismal; gloomy; cheerless:
a sunless smile.
Origin of sunless
First recorded in 1580-90; sun + -less
Related forms
sunlessly, adverb
sunlessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • How could I be anything else when the particular world I live in has been sunless all these weeks?

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Everyone has read of the midnight sun and of the sunless winter of the North.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Norway A.F. Mockler-Ferryman
  • The minutes passed; hours passed; and, at the sunless dawn, a life passed.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Deep down in his sunless soul he was either a prince, a fool or an artist.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • On a sunless day under a lowering sky it is a land accursed.

  • Then came one that was dull and sunless, when the ice did not melt, and they had a fall of snow.

    Steve Young George Manville Fenn
  • The incident occurred at the most sunless and joyless stage of Marks career.

    Faces in the Fire Frank W. Boreham
  • It should not be inferred that these sunless days are intensely dark and gloomy.

    The School System of Norway David Allen Anderson
  • Dont stuff us into shady dells and enclosed, sunless places.

    The Children's Book of Gardening Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
British Dictionary definitions for sunless


without sun or sunshine
gloomy; depressing
Derived Forms
sunlessly, adverb
sunlessness, noun
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