• synonyms


  1. (of objects) without a lid.
  2. (of eyes) without or as if without lids.
  3. watchful, as with unblinking eyes; vigilant.
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Origin of lidless

First recorded in 1515–25; lid + -less
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Examples from the Web for lidless

Historical Examples

  • The outlander's lidless eyes were filmed with a gray membrane.

    The Great Dome on Mercury

    Arthur Leo Zagat

  • He indicated the wooden box, which lay, lidless, on the floor.

    Rebels of the Red Planet

    Charles Louis Fontenay

  • A lizard was sunning itself and staring at him with lidless eyes.

  • In French morocco and lidless French morocco case, with spring lock, £1 1s.

  • These reptiles' lidless eyes have a very short range of vision.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills

    Edwin Carlile Litsey

British Dictionary definitions for lidless


  1. having no lid or top
  2. (of animals) having no eyelids
  3. archaic vigilant and watchful
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