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

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

Examples from the Web for armless

Contemporary Examples of armless

Historical Examples of armless

  • "You forget this," said Conway, pointing to his armless sleeve.

  • Then he bore the armless torso of the mech backward and fell upon it.

    Second Sight

    Basil Eugene Wells

  • An armless beggar was turning the crank of an organ with his bare feet.

  • I misjudged of him,' he was thinking; 'he never was nothing but a 'armless human being.


    John Galsworthy

  • Yes, the train went over them and I'm armless for the second time.

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