rootless

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

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. rooti,
  2. rooting compound,
  3. rooting reflex,
  4. rootkit,
  5. rootle,
  6. rootlet,
  7. roots,
  8. roots blower,
  9. roots music,
  10. rootserver

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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British Dictionary definitions for rootlessness

rootless

/ (ˈruːtlɪs) /

adjective

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 rootlessness

rootless

adj.

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

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