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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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  • So he went along, aimlessly looking for a place where he might sleep undisturbed.

    The Adventures of Bobby Coon Thornton W. Burgess
  • aimlessly wandering about Last Chance, sir, harmless and to be pitied.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
  • At last, after wandering about aimlessly for some time, he decided to tell Jesse of his uneasiness.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • His eyes roamed about aimlessly for a moment, then became still.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • Why had He made of it a slate upon which to draw lines of human beings, then wipe them aimlessly off as would any child?

    The Way of the Wind Zoe Anderson Norris
  • She seemed to be existing without an excuse; aimlessly, soullessly.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • aimlessly she walked around the grounds, finding the autumn colors subdued and drab, like her mind.

  • At last he rose and aimlessly paced the floor once or twice.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • Apparently the blacks had just wandered off aimlessly in obedience to a whim of the moment.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
British Dictionary definitions for aimlessly


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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