an adjective suffix meaning “without” (childless; peerless), and in adjectives derived from verbs, indicating failure or inability to perform or be performed (resistless; tireless).
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Origin of -less
Middle English -les, Old English -lēas, special use of lēas free from, without, false; cognate with Old Norse lauss, German los, loose
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British Dictionary definitions for -less
suffix forming adjectives
not able to (do something) or not able to be (done, performed, etc)countless
Word Origin for -less
Old English -lās, from lēas lacking
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