Origin of briefless

1815–25; brief (noun) + -less
Related formsbrief·less·ly, adverbbrief·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for briefless

Historical Examples of briefless

  • Bitter are a briefless bag, a curate's bread, a diploma that brings no fee.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • On Tuesday, the Briefless one entered the Club with a slow and stately step.

    Tommy and Co.

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • Afraid of too much work, when but for that dog he was briefless still!

    A Young Man's Year

    Anthony Hope

  • The usual groups of the briefless were gathered around the stoves.

  • But now he is simply a briefless barrister, without a friend in the world.

    The Silent Isle

    Arthur Christopher Benson

British Dictionary definitions for briefless


  1. (said of a barrister) without clients
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