[ end-lis ]
/ ˈɛnd lɪs /


having or seeming to have no end, limit, or conclusion; boundless; infinite; interminable; incessant: an endless series of complaints; Time is endless.
made continuous, as by joining the two ends of a single length: an endless chain or belt.

Nearby words

  1. endhand,
  2. endicott,
  3. endicott, john,
  4. ending,
  5. endive,
  6. endlessly,
  7. endling,
  8. endlong,
  9. endmost,
  10. endnote

Origin of endless

before 900; Middle English endelees, Old English endelēas. See end1, -less

Related formsend·less·ly, adverbend·less·ness, nounqua·si-end·less, adjectivequa·si-end·less·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for endless


/ (ˈɛndlɪs) /


having or seeming to have no end; eternal or infinite
continuing too long or continually recurring
formed with the ends joinedan endless belt
Derived Formsendlessly, adverbendlessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for endless



Old English endeleas; see end (n.) + -less. Related: Endlessly. Old English used endeleasnes for "infinity, eternity."

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