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  1. without a home: a homeless child.
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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. the homeless, persons who lack permanent housing.
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Origin of homeless

First recorded in 1605–15
Related formshome·less·ly, adverbhome·less·ness, noun
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Related Words for homelessness

vagabondage, homelessness

Examples from the Web for homelessness

Contemporary Examples of homelessness

Historical Examples of homelessness

  • Wandering and homelessness are his first step in the ladder to heaven!'

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • "No," said Gilian simply, even yet getting no grasp of his homelessness.

  • The time will come, and it is close at hand, When I shall wander into homelessness.

    The Buddha

    Paul Carus

  • But even in the groups where there was no hustle there was often something of homelessness.

    What I Saw in America

    G. K. Chesterton

  • And the penalty of her refusal was not merely poverty and homelessness.

British Dictionary definitions for homelessness


    1. having nowhere to live
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the homeless
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Derived Formshomelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for homelessness


1814, from homeless + -ness.

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1610s, from home (n.) + -less. Old English had hamleas, but the modern word probably is a new formation. As a noun meaning "homeless persons," by 1857.

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