[ eym-lis ]
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  1. without aim; purposeless.

Origin of aimless

First recorded in 1620–30; aim + -less

Other words from aimless

  • aim·less·ly, adverb
  • aim·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use aimless in a sentence

  • She had no aptitude for aimlessness, and moreover thought it vulgar.

    The Tragic Muse | Henry James
  • He ceased to climb, flattened and went skimming along the top of the cloud, darting here and there with seeming aimlessness.

    Tam O' The Scoots | Edgar Wallace
  • Gracie let her fingers wander with apparent aimlessness over the keys, drawing out soft, sweet strains.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking | Isabella Alden
  • Is it only that we may be convinced of the utter aimlessness of life?

    The Treasure of the Humble | Maurice Maeterlinck
  • They have borne with the narrowness of woman's culture and the aimlessness of her life, believing it all right.

British Dictionary definitions for aimless


/ (ˈeɪmlɪs) /

  1. having no goal, purpose, or direction

Derived forms of aimless

  • aimlessly, adverb
  • aimlessness, noun

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