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[kuhl-er-lis] /ˈkʌl ər lɪs/
without color:
Pure water is colorless.
pallid; dull in color:
a colorless complexion.
lacking vividness or distinctive character; dull; insipid:
a colorless description of the parade.
unbiased; neutral.
Origin of colorless
1350-1400; Middle English; see color, -less
Related forms
colorlessly, adverb
colorlessness, noun
3. unexciting, dreary, drab, lackluster. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A flush rose in Sara's face: no one would have called her colorless now.

    For the Major Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • The woman looked at him intently for a moment, then spoke in a colorless voice.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • She was as ignored by the crowd around her as the colorless shadow at her side.

  • The complexion was colorless but clear, the face being all smooth shaven.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • He was such a colorless nonentity that he simply seemed to fade into the background of the walls once he had made his entrance.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
Word Origin and History for colorless

late 14c., from color (n.) + -less. Figurative sense of "lacking vividness" is recorded from 1861. Related: Colorlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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