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[ahrm-lis] /ˈɑrm lɪs/
lacking an arm or arms:
The Venus de Milo is an armless statue.
Origin of armless
1350-1400; Middle English; see arm1, -less
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armlessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I didn't think as 'ow even 'Enery Wilks would be able to grattify 'is 'armless ambishun, but the uther day I saw my chawnce.

  • "You forget this," said Conway, pointing to his armless sleeve.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • Found Flu, the armless artist, in the Muse copying a picture of Godiva.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • I misjudged of him,' he was thinking; 'he never was nothing but a 'armless human being.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • He paid no attention to the armless man, who jestingly shouted an ironic remark to him.

    Atlantis Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Yes, the train went over them and I'm armless for the second time.

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • It used to be owned by an armless man who rowed over the Great American Desert in an open boat!

    Boy Scouts in the Philippines G. Harvey Ralphson
  • He held the containers for the armless man and handed them to the other.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • I can see now the bandaged eyes of the gassed patients, the armless sleeve or the bared breast with the bloody dressings.

    The Fight for the Argonne William Benjamin West
Word Origin and History for armless

late 14c., of physical conditions, from arm (n.1) + -less. Meaning "without weapons" is attested from 1610s (from arm (n.2)), but that sense is more typically expressed by unarmed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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