without color: Pure water is colorless.
pallid; dull in color: a colorless complexion.
lacking vividness or distinctive character; dull; insipid: a colorless description of the parade.
unbiased; neutral.

Nearby words

  1. colorism,
  2. colorist,
  3. colorization,
  4. colorize,
  5. colorized,
  6. colorlessly,
  7. colorrhagia,
  8. colorrhaphy,
  9. colorrhea,
  10. colors

Origin of colorless

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

Related formscol·or·less·ly, adverbcol·or·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for colorless



late 14c., from color (n.) + -less. Figurative sense of "lacking vividness" is recorded from 1861. Related: Colorlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper