[ hous-lis ]
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  1. without a house or houses: My friend lived on the other side of the houseless plot of land.

  2. being unhoused or lacking permanent housing; homeless: The church is holding a winter survival equipment drive to provide houseless folks with heavy duty winter coats, blankets, and sleeping bags.

Origin of houseless

First recorded in 1350–1400; house + -less

usage note For houseless

See homeless.

Other words from houseless

  • house·less·ness, noun

Words Nearby houseless Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use houseless in a sentence

  • In August, activists protested outside the mayor’s Mission Hills home holding signs that, according to the Union-Tribune, urged the mayor to “end police terror on the houseless” and “stop the sweeps.”

  • In the same year, the city’s new Citizen Task Force on Homelessness implemented a program that sends mental health professionals to aid during non-emergency calls, connecting houseless individuals to city services and housing opportunities.

  • Like that unknown mother, she too had become a houseless wanderer, seeking for a home and shelter from a hard unfeeling world.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • Let him but acknowledge you, Norman, and he may turn me out upon the world houseless and a beggar, and I will bless him for it!

    Tony Butler | Charles James Lever
  • But to tamper with their dialect, or to take it from them, would be to leave them houseless and exposed in their daily business.

    Ceres' Runaway | Alice Meynell
  • Yet one can hardly associate sparrows with marshes, for they seem out of place in houseless, treeless, half-submerged stretches.

    Roof and Meadow | Dallas Lore Sharp
  • He has ruined my poor old friend; he will soon leave him houseless, and he threatens to leave him almost friendless too.

    Roland Cashel | Charles James Lever