[ lahyf-lis ]
/ ˈlaɪf lɪs /


not endowed with life; having no life; inanimate: lifeless matter.
destitute of living things: a lifeless planet.
deprived of life; dead: a battlefield strewn with lifeless bodies.
without animation, liveliness, or spirit; dull; colorless; torpid: a lifeless performance of a play.
insensible, as a person who has fainted.

Origin of lifeless

before 1000; Middle English lifles, Old English līflēas. See life, -less
Related formslife·less·ly, adverblife·less·ness, noun

Synonym study

3. See dead. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lifelessly


/ (ˈlaɪflɪs) /


without life; inanimate; dead
not sustaining living organisms
having no vitality or animation
Derived Formslifelessly, adverblifelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lifelessly



Old English lifleas "inanimate, dead;" see life + -less. Meaning "with no living things" is from 1728. Related: Lifelessly; lifelessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper