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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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  • Nestling snugly together, they live, grow, and multiply in their sunless homes.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • The minutes passed; hours passed; and, at the sunless dawn, a life passed.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • She remembered particularly a district traversed one long afternoon, on a sultry but sunless day in summer.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • Deep down in his sunless soul he was either a prince, a fool or an artist.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • The cloudy sky was in harmony with the dim Campagna, that looked under the sunless smoky light unutterably sad and forlorn.

    Roman Mosaics Hugh Macmillan
  • 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
  • It seemed incredible that human existence could be possible within its sunless walls.

  • The incident occurred at the most sunless and joyless stage of Marks career.

    Faces in the Fire Frank W. Boreham
  • To refuse to embrace it would mean to lose for ever this fortunate chance to escape from this sunless Babylon.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
British Dictionary definitions for sunless


without sun or sunshine
gloomy; depressing
Derived Forms
sunlessly, adverb
sunlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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