noun, plural leaves [leevz] /livz/.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of leaf
Examples from the Web for leafless
She walked down the bluestone and blacktop driveway and through shadows thrown by the branches of seven leafless oak trees.Jimmy Breslin on JFK’s Assassination: Two Classic Columns|Jimmy Breslin|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the leafless hills of western Connecticut, this is the only Christmas spirit that could possibly matter now.
Advancing to meet them, he took the torch from Regulus's hand and fired a mass of dead and leafless vine depending from the cliff.Prisoners of Hope|Mary Johnston
The camels that had subsisted upon the dried and leafless twigs and branches, now feasted upon the succulent tops of the mimosas.In the Heart of Africa|Samuel White Baker
Now, considering that snow falls in winter when the trees are bare, dont you think the word should have been leafless?The Talk of the Town, Volume 1 (of 2)|James Payn
The sun shone down through the bare, beautiful twigs of the leafless elms, in a still air, transparent and colorless.The Brimming Cup|Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Spring was faintly heralded in milder weather, by the return of the birds, and the presence of little buds on the leafless trees.Andy at Yale|Roy Eliot Stokes
British Dictionary definitions for leafless
noun plural leaves (liːvz)
Word Origin for leaf
Word Origin and History for leafless (1 of 3)
"to turn over (the pages of a book)," 1660s, from leaf (n.). The notion of a book page also is in the phrase to turn over a (new) leaf (1570s). Related: Leafed; leaved; leafing.
Word Origin and History for leafless (2 of 3)
Old English leaf "leaf of a plant; page of a book," from Proto-Germanic *laubaz (cf. Old Saxon lof, Old Norse lauf, Old Frisian laf, Dutch loof, Old High German loub, German Laub "foliage, leaves," Gothic lauf), perhaps from PIE *leup- "to peel off, break off" (cf. Lithuanian luobas, Old Church Slavonic lubu "bark, rind"). Extended 15c. to very thin sheets of metal (especially gold). Meaning "hinged flap on the side of a table" is from 1550s.
Science definitions for leafless
Idioms and Phrases with leafless
In addition to the idiom beginning with leaf
- leaf through
- quake in one's boots (like a leaf)
- take a leaf out of someone's book
- turn over a new leaf