verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of shelter
Examples from the Web for shelterless
He felt like a leaf in a hurricane, "lost, dizzy, shelterless."Jimbo|Algernon Blackwood
The sun blazed down upon their shelterless heads and flies hummed about the filth in the unclean place.Masters of the Guild|L. Lamprey
Charlotte rattled on, and hung back to talk to Guy, so that Amy could not hasten on without leaving her shelterless.The Heir of Redclyffe|Charlotte M. Yonge
Except for the shelterless animals that wandered about close upon starvation, nothing remained.The Land of Evangeline|John Frederic Herbin
It was another very hot day, with a khamsin blowing, and the hard, shelterless hill-sides were a poor place to spend it on.
British Dictionary definitions for shelterless
Word Origin for shelter
Word Origin and History for shelterless (1 of 2)
1580s, "structure affording protection," possibly an alteration of Middle English sheltron, sheldtrume "roof or wall formed by locked shields," from Old English scyldtruma, from scield "shield" (see shield (n.)) + truma "troop," related to Old English trum "firm, strong" (see trim).
If so, the original notion is of a compact body of men protected by interlocking shields. OED finds this "untenable" and proposed derivation from shield + -ture. Figurative sense is recorded from 1580s; meaning "temporary lodging for homeless poor" is first recorded 1890 in Salvation Army jargon; sense of "temporary home for animals" is from 1971. Related: Shelterless.