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[roof-lis, roo f-] /ˈruf lɪs, ˈrʊf-/
having no roof.
without the shelter of a house:
roofless refugees.
Origin of roofless
First recorded in 1600-10; roof + -less Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Contemporary Examples
  • The veranda, roofless and open to the bitter blue sky where the seasonal gu rains sputter, serves as a makeshift neonatal ward.

  • An entire section of the roof ripped off, leaving passengers exposed as though sitting on the top deck of a roofless tour bus.

Historical Examples
  • There it was—that roofless cottage—that tholthan under the deep trees like a dungeon.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Our only possible mess was a roofless gun-pit not far from a road.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • The room where Richard was born is roofless and uninhabitable.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
  • They had gained one of the roofless halls, when he encountered Balthazar.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • It was roofless; the walls had, in places, fallen; and the ruins were covered with vegetation.

    On the Irrawaddy G. A. Henty
  • You and yours shall be this night roofless, homeless, houseless.

  • The shieling among the crags, which had been his home so long, was a roofless ruin now.


    Janet Milne Rae
  • Here in the Sierras we live in a wickiup, a sort of a roofless wigwam.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham

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