Origin of needless

First recorded in 1175–1225, needless is from the Middle English word nedles. See need, -less
Related formsneed·less·ly, adverbneed·less·ness, noun

Synonyms for needless Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for needlessness


  1. not required or desired; unnecessary
Derived Formsneedlessly, adverbneedlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for needlessness



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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