lacking air.
that is without fresh air; stuffy: a dark, airless hallway.
that is without a breeze; still: an airless July day.

Origin of airless

First recorded in 1595–1605; air1 + -less
Related formsair·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for airless

stifling, stuffy, oppressive, stale, windless

Examples from the Web for airless

Contemporary Examples of airless

Historical Examples of airless

  • I hear the hungry oaths of men; and love kisses in the airless night.

  • You cannot see stars in the daytime on earth, yet you could see them in the daytime on the airless moon.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

  • The main floor, big as an armory, airless as a tomb, swarmed with dancers.

  • It was comfortable, airless, flowerless, with gravy-coloured walls.

    The Lowest Rung

    Mary Cholmondeley

  • The station was open and airless as Harvest Moon had been before the humans got there.


    James H Schmitz

British Dictionary definitions for airless



lacking fresh air; stuffy or sultry
devoid of air
Derived Formsairlessness, noun
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