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  1. without aim; purposeless.
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Origin of aimless

First recorded in 1620–30; aim + -less
Related formsaim·less·ly, adverbaim·less·ness, noun
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  • 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


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



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

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