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[eym-lis] /ˈeɪm lɪs/
without aim; purposeless.
Origin of aimless
1620-30; aim + -less
Related forms
aimlessly, adverb
aimlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • To put all this on paper is weak and aimless, yet it seems to ease my sadness.

    The Story of an Untold Love Paul Leicester Ford
  • After all their piety was aimless and of no utility to humanity.

  • Wandering in this aimless humour, I turned up a lane and found myself following the course of the bright little river.

    Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
  • aimless also, I turned into the Mall, and again I started at the sight of a known figure.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Levasseur nodded in response, with the same silent, aimless grin, and disappeared through the garden door of the library.

    Elizabeth's Campaign Mrs. Humphrey Ward
British Dictionary definitions for aimless


having no goal, purpose, or direction
Derived Forms
aimlessly, adverb
aimlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for aimless

1620s, from aim (n.) + -less. Related: Aimlessly; aimlessness.

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