[ bluhd-lis ]
/ ˈblʌd lɪs /


without blood: bloodless surgery.
very pale: a bloodless face.
free from bloodshed; accomplished without bloodshed: a bloodless victory; a bloodless coup.
spiritless; without vigor, zest, or energy: a dull, insipid, bloodless young man.
without emotion or feeling; cold-hearted: bloodless data.

Nearby words

  1. bloodguilty,
  2. bloodhound,
  3. bloodily,
  4. bloodiness,
  5. blooding,
  6. bloodless operation,
  7. bloodlessly,
  8. bloodletting,
  9. bloodline,
  10. bloodlust

Origin of bloodless

1175–1225; Middle English blodles, Old English blōdlēas. See blood, -less

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bloodless


/ (ˈblʌdlɪs) /


without blood
conducted without violence (esp in the phrase bloodless revolution)
anaemic-looking; pale
lacking vitality; lifeless
lacking in emotion; cold; unfeeling
Derived Formsbloodlessly, adverbbloodlessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for bloodless



Old English blodleas; see blood (n.) + -less. The figurative sense in Middle English was "powerless." Related: Bloodlessly.

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