fatherless

[ fah-th er-lis ]
/ ˈfɑ ðər lɪs /
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adjective

not having a living father: a fatherless boy.
not having a known or legally responsible father.

Origin of fatherless

before 1000; Middle English faderles, Old English fæderlēas. See father, -less
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British Dictionary definitions for fatherless

fatherless

/ (ˈfɑːðəlɪs) /

adjective

having no father
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Word Origin and History for fatherless

fatherless


adj.

Old English fæderleas; see father (n.) + -less.

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