without sap; withered; dry: sapless plants.
lacking vitality or spirit; insipid.

Origin of sapless

First recorded in 1585–95; sap1 + -less
Related formssap·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sapless

Historical Examples of sapless

  • Was not my old age turned into a sapless tree, a poisoned spring?

    The Disowned, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • He picked a bennet from the grass and bit it, but it was sapless, dried by the summer heat.

    Wood Magic

    Richard Jefferies

  • They may be the same plants, but they are alive, not pressed and sapless.

    The Rubicon

    E. F. Benson

  • A sapless tree is not a living one, but dead; a prayerless Christian cannot be.


    Clement Bailhache

  • Everything was no more than dried flowers, sapless, brittle and colourless.

    Up and Down

    Edward Frederic Benson