[roof-lis, roo f-]


having no roof.
without the shelter of a house: roofless refugees.

Origin of roofless

First recorded in 1600–10; roof + -less Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for roofless

Contemporary Examples of roofless

  • The veranda, roofless and open to the bitter blue sky where the seasonal gu rains sputter, serves as a makeshift neonatal ward.

  • An entire section of the roof ripped off, leaving passengers exposed as though sitting on the top deck of a roofless tour bus.

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    Why Planes Fall Apart

    Clive Irving

    April 2, 2011

Historical Examples of roofless

  • There it was—that roofless cottage—that tholthan under the deep trees like a dungeon.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Our only possible mess was a roofless gun-pit not far from a road.

    Pushed and the Return Push

    George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)

  • The room where Richard was born is roofless and uninhabitable.

    Richard I

    Jacob Abbott

  • They had gained one of the roofless halls, when he encountered Balthazar.


    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • It was roofless; the walls had, in places, fallen; and the ruins were covered with vegetation.

    On the Irrawaddy

    G. A. Henty