having no wings.
having only rudimentary wings, as an apteryx.

Origin of wingless

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

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British Dictionary definitions for wingless



having no wings or vestigial wings
designating primitive insects of the subclass Apterygota, characterized by small size, lack of wings, and larvae resembling the adults: includes the springtails and bristletails
Derived Formswinglessness, noun
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