without aim; purposeless.

Origin of aimless

First recorded in 1620–30; aim + -less
Related formsaim·less·ly, adverbaim·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aimlessly

Contemporary Examples of aimlessly

  • During the first week, the main shopping street was jammed with cars filled with families driving slowly, aimlessly.

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    No One’s Eating Apple Pie Anymore

    Arianne Cohen

    October 28, 2008

Historical Examples of aimlessly

  • She had one end of the shawl between her fingers and was twisting it aimlessly.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Aimlessly wandering about Last Chance, sir, harmless and to be pitied.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer

    Colonel Prentiss Ingraham

  • She seemed to be existing without an excuse; aimlessly, soullessly.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • His eyes roamed about aimlessly for a moment, then became still.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • At last he rose and aimlessly paced the floor once or twice.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

British Dictionary definitions for aimlessly



having no goal, purpose, or direction
Derived Formsaimlessly, adverbaimlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for aimlessly



1620s, from aim (n.) + -less. Related: Aimlessly; aimlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper