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headless

[hed-lis] /ˈhɛd lɪs/
adjective
1.
without a head.
2.
having the head cut off; beheaded.
3.
having no leader or chief; leaderless.
4.
foolish; stupid:
a headless argument.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English he(ve)dles, Old English hēafodlēas. See head, -less
Related forms
headlessness, noun
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Examples for headless
  • The salmon, still gleaming but now headless and gutted, journeyed by boat to the same place.
  • Around him were the headless bodies of a perch and two mackerel that had briefly disturbed their relationship.
  • Some are deeply quirky, designed to resemble a headless dog.
  • The rubbing causes the stunned, sometimes headless bee to flush its toxins.
  • It is said you can sometimes still see his headless body floating on moonlit nights, looking for his head.
  • There was a huge sculpture that incorporated a headless mannequin, but he was over it after a few seconds.
  • Blood spurts everywhere as the headless chicken flops around.
  • However, the outcome has been more violence, with headless bodies appearing almost daily.
  • Heads must roll, and that means there will be a lot of headless people, and this is how it must be.
  • The story provides a sample of images, including a remarkable photo of the headless bride.
British Dictionary definitions for headless

headless

/ˈhɛdlɪs/
adjective
1.
without a head
2.
without a leader
3.
foolish or stupid
4.
(prosody) another word for catalectic
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Word Origin and History for headless
adj.

late Old English, heafedleas; see head (n.) + -less. Late 14c. as "rulerless, lacking a leader." Related: Headlessly; headlessness.

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