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[beerd-lis] /ˈbɪərd lɪs/
having no beard or one shaved close to the skin.
(of a male) very young or immature.
Origin of beardless
1275-1325; Middle English; see beard, -less
Related forms
beardlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • Who would have thought to see such mighty wisdom, yea, in a beardless youth?

    Shorter Bible Plays Rita Benton
  • Yet even this "beardless" Parliament had shown a strong conservatism.

    History of the English People John Richard Green
  • He was a small and beardless young man—a splendid soldier—in fact almost an ideal American, of his age.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
  • But I see: it is all through the words of this beardless boy.

    The Black Tor George Manville Fenn
  • The beardless boy and the mature man​—​the humble and the430 distinguished, you have had them.

  • Both have long hair, but are beardless; and wear the shenti for their sole garment.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
  • The schoolboy whips his taxed top; the beardless youth manages his taxed horse with a taxed bridle, on a taxed road.

  • I knew him when he was a boy—a beardless boy, as you may say.

    A Little Union Scout Joel Chandler Harris
  • This last sentiment impressed these beardless youths as a clincher, and there was a pause.

    Potts's Painless Cure Edward Bellamy
British Dictionary definitions for beardless


without a beard
too young to grow a beard; immature
Derived Forms
beardlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beardless

early 14c., from beard (n.) + -less.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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