needless

[ need-lis ]
/ ˈnid lɪs /
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adjective

unnecessary; not needed or wanted: a needless waste of food.

Nearby words

  1. needlecraft,
  2. needlefish,
  3. needleful,
  4. needlepoint,
  5. needles,
  6. needless to say,
  7. needlessly,
  8. needlestick,
  9. needlewoman,
  10. needlework

Origin of needless

First recorded in 1175–1225, needless is from the Middle English word nedles. See need, -less

SYNONYMS FOR needless
Related formsneed·less·ly, adverbneed·less·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for needlessly

needless

/ (ˈniːdlɪs) /

adjective

not required or desired; unnecessary
Derived Formsneedlessly, adverbneedlessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for needlessly

needless

adj.

c.1300, "not needed, unnecessary," from need (n) + -less. Related: Needlessly. Phrase needless to say or speak is recorded from early 16c.

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