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[root-lis, roo t-]
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  1. having no roots.
  2. having no basis of stability; unsteady: a rootless feeling resulting from economic and social change.
  3. having no place or position in society; not in accord with the environment: the homeless, rootless wanderer.
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Origin of rootless

First recorded in 1325–75, rootless is from the Middle English word rooteles. See root1, -less
Related formsroot·less·ness, noun
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Related Words for rootless

shaky, unstable, wobbly, frail, unreliable, immature, vulnerable, rocky, nervous, insecure, weak, precarious, unsettled, jittery, rickety, unsteady, skeptical, unclear, uncertain, hesitant

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British Dictionary definitions for rootless


  1. having no roots, esp (of a person) having no ties with a particular place or community
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Word Origin and History for rootless


late 14c., from root (n.) + -less. Related: Rootlessly; rootlessness.

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