unable to see; blind.

Origin of sightless

1200–50; Middle English. See sight, -less
Related formssight·less·ly, adverbsight·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sightless

eyeless, unseeing, visionless

Examples from the Web for sightless

Contemporary Examples of sightless

  • The Daily Pic (Venice Biennale Edition): Artur Zmijewski presents the work of sightless painters as futile, and necessary.

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    Blind Faith in Art

    Blake Gopnik

    June 5, 2013

Historical Examples of sightless

  • He lies prone on the floor, staring at me with dead, sightless eyes.

  • His eyes did not move from her face; but they looked almost like sightless eyes.

  • If a bird sang in the air above her, she lifted her sightless eyes.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • "It is I who am selfish, Mercy," she said, and kissed the sightless orbs.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • He sat on a stump, staring with sightless eyes into vacancy.

    Blazed Trail Stories

    Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for sightless



Derived Formssightlessly, adverbsightlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sightless

late 13c., from sight (n.) + -less. Related: Sightlessly; sightlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper