lacking an arm or arms: The Venus de Milo is an armless statue.

Nearby words

  1. arminius, jacobus,
  2. armipotent,
  3. armistice,
  4. armistice day,
  5. armitage,
  6. armlet,
  7. armload,
  8. armlock,
  9. armoire,
  10. armor

Origin of armless

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at arm1, -less

Related formsarm·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for armless



late 14c., of physical conditions, from arm (n.1) + -less. Meaning "without weapons" is attested from 1610s (from arm (n.2)), but that sense is more typically expressed by unarmed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper