Webster 1913 Edition
leásloose, false; akin to OS.
lōsloose, false, D.
loosfalse, sly, G.
laussloose, vacant, Goth.
lausempty, vain, and also to E.
lose. √127. See
Lose, and cf.
A privative adjective suffix, denoting without, destitute of, not having; as witless, childless, fatherless.
See also: less
- Lacking (something); without (something).
- 2013 September-October, Henry Petroski, “The Evolution of Eyeglasses”, in American Scientist:
- The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone, essentially what today we might term a frameless magnifying glass or plain glass paperweight.
- Adjectives formed using -less often form nouns by the addition of -ness (-lessness), but generally do not form nouns by the addition of other noun-forming endings. The suffix -lessness means "absence".
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