without any love: a loveless marriage.
feeling no love.
receiving no love; unloved.

Origin of loveless

First recorded in 1275–1325, loveless is from the Middle English word loveles. See love, -less
Related formslove·less·ly, adverblove·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for loveless

forsaken, unloved, spurned, cold, cruel, hard, insensitive, ruthless

Examples from the Web for loveless

Contemporary Examples of loveless

Historical Examples of loveless

  • Still we have bottled most of it and the labourer accepts his loveless lot.

  • Why else would you submit to a loveless life and the dull routine of toil?

  • Into what a nest of stings and thorns his loveless marriage had plunged him!

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • And so her life had flowed on, uniform, peaceful and respectable, but loveless.

  • That it could lead to more evil than a loveless marriage was not, however, to be feared.

    Robert Orange

    John Oliver Hobbes

British Dictionary definitions for loveless



without lovea loveless marriage
receiving or giving no love
Derived Formslovelessly, adverblovelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loveless

early 14c., "feeling no love;" late 14c. "unloved," from from love (n.) + -less. Attested from mid-13c. as a surname. Related: Lovelessly; lovelessness.

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