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[hohm-lis] /ˈhoʊm lɪs/
without a home:
a homeless child.
noun, (used with a plural verb)
the homeless, persons who lack permanent housing.
Origin of homeless
Related forms
homelessly, adverb
homelessness, noun Unabridged
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  • But as the fall term wound down, he worried that he would soon be homeless.
  • In an ideal world there would be no homeless animals, but that is not the case.
  • The poorest health outcomes are seen in homeless populations.
  • Once they become homeless, nobody in politic cares about them.
  • The losers of both battles are in effect rendered homeless, with little prospect of breeding.
  • Actual shelter for homeless people would have come many steps, and many months or years, down the line from the expo.
  • Bedbugs can be found anywhere from ritzy high-rises to homeless shelters.
  • Heavy rain causes floods and landslides, and makes millions homeless and takes the lives of many others.
  • In addition to the deaths, tens of thousands have been left homeless.
  • Earlier in her life, a careless marriage had fallen apart, leaving her homeless.
British Dictionary definitions for homeless


  1. having nowhere to live
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the homeless
Derived Forms
homelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for homeless

1610s, from home (n.) + -less. Old English had hamleas, but the modern word probably is a new formation. As a noun meaning "homeless persons," by 1857.

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