follow Dictionary.com

Is Tuesday named for a one-handed god?

harmless

[hahrm-lis] /ˈhɑrm lɪs/
adjective
1.
without the power or desire to do harm; innocuous:
He looks mean but he's harmless; a harmless Halloween prank.
2.
without injury; unhurt; unharmed.
Idioms
3.
hold harmless, Law. to relieve from responsibility or liability for any damage or loss.
Also, save harmless.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English. See harm, -less
Related forms
harmlessly, adverb
harmlessness, noun
Synonyms
1. inoffensive, mild, innocent, unobjectionable, benign.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for harmless
  • She's also inquired about my age and a few other harmless, though personal, questions.
  • Why the human body reacts in this disordered way to ostensibly harmless environmental substances remains in large part a mystery.
  • Colleges often argue that ties with trustees' businesses are harmless.
  • Tomlinson's delusions were harmless, and not widely shared.
  • Ordinarily, typhoid carriers are not isolated, being harmless to public health unless they handle food.
  • Subsidizing debt seems harmless simply because we've always done it.
  • The killings were semi-legal, with kangaroo courts quickly convened and a majority of the harmless prisoners released.
  • We venture to affirm that tobacco is as harmless as any.
  • While many of these regulations appear harmless or even positive, in aggregate they make for something darker.
  • Camping in a public park is a harmless extension of one's public rights.
British Dictionary definitions for harmless

harmless

/ˈhɑːmlɪs/
adjective
1.
not causing any physical or mental damage or injury
2.
unlikely to annoy or worry people: a harmless sort of man
Derived Forms
harmlessly, adverb
harmlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for harmless
adj.

c.1300, "uninjured," from harm (n.) + -less. Meaning "undamaged" is from late 14c. Related: Harmlessly; harmlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for harmless

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for harmless

13
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with harmless