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[foo t-lis] /ˈfʊt lɪs/
lacking a foot or feet.
having no support or basis; unsubstantial:
footless dreams of glory.
awkward, helpless, or inefficient.
Origin of footless
1350-1400; Middle English; see foot, -less Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I, a footless stocking in which ten cats could not catch one mouse.

    The Green Book Mr Jkai
  • He's a footless kind of breed—but straight, as far as I know.

    Two on the Trail Hulbert Footner
  • As a sample he gave Dickens the following: A definition of nothing,—a footless stocking without a leg.

  • But this would give rise to a footless argument, leading nowhere.

    Edge of the Jungle William Beebe
  • The women here wear toeless or footless stockings, the upper part of the foot being bare.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • He, after his footless fashion, didn't bother to acknowledge my note.

    The Deluge David Graham Phillips
  • Her desire was to stop the footless workings of her mind; to go out and do something.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • "footless, yellow earth-worm," said Bagheera under his whiskers, as though he were trying to remember something.

    The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • It is a footless thing to spend valuable time in idle gossip, for the gossip is seldom a successful business man.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • Et encore—even the “silent and footless herds” may have more inter-accommodation than we are aware.

    Hearts of Controversy Alice Meynell
Word Origin and History for footless

late 14c., from foot (n.) + -less.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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