[foo t-lis]


lacking a foot or feet.
having no support or basis; unsubstantial: footless dreams of glory.
awkward, helpless, or inefficient.

Origin of footless

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at foot, -less Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for footless

Historical Examples of footless

  • He's a footless kind of breed—but straight, as far as I know.

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner

  • But this would give rise to a footless argument, leading nowhere.

    Edge of the Jungle

    William Beebe

  • I said some footless thing or other to her the other day, and she turned me down, as Betty says.

    Smith College Stories

    Josephine Dodge Daskam

  • He, after his footless fashion, didn't bother to acknowledge my note.

    The Deluge

    David Graham Phillips

  • I, a footless stocking in which ten cats could not catch one mouse.

Word Origin and History for footless

late 14c., from foot (n.) + -less.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper