homeless

[hohm-lis]

adjective

without a home: a homeless child.

noun (used with a plural verb)

the homeless, persons who lack permanent housing.

Nearby words

  1. homegirl,
  2. homegrown,
  3. homeland,
  4. homeland security,
  5. homelands movement,
  6. homelessly,
  7. homelessness,
  8. homelike,
  9. homeliness,
  10. homely

Origin of homeless

First recorded in 1605–15

Related formshome·less·ly, adverbhome·less·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for homelessness

homeless

adjective

  1. having nowhere to live
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the homeless
Derived Formshomelessness, noun

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