[ root-lis, roo t- ]
/ ˈrut lɪs, ˈrʊt- /


having no roots.
having no basis of stability; unsteady: a rootless feeling resulting from economic and social change.
having no place or position in society; not in accord with the environment: the homeless, rootless wanderer.

Origin of rootless

First recorded in 1325–75, rootless is from the Middle English word rooteles. See root1, -less

Related forms

root·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rootless


/ (ˈruːtlɪs) /


having no roots, esp (of a person) having no ties with a particular place or community
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