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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
1600-10; roof + -less Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • Four hundred and fifty houses were utterly destroyed, 10,000 inhabitants were roofless, nearly 2000 were killed or wounded.

    The Franco-German War of 1870-71 Count Helmuth, von Moltke
  • They had gained one of the roofless halls, when he encountered Balthazar.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Another figure played a prominent part within these roofless halls.

    The Walls of Constantinople Bernard Granville Baker
  • There it was—that roofless cottage—that tholthan under the deep trees like a dungeon.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Before it foundations could still be traced; and above, a rectangle of windowless stone walls survived, roofless and desolate.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Here in the Sierras we live in a wickiup, a sort of a roofless wigwam.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • It stands, a mere shell, roofless and crumbling, at the foot of the southern hill.

    The Isles of Scilly Jessie Mothersole
  • The chapel on the hill yonder must even then have been roofless and in decay.

    Wanderings in Ireland Michael Myers Shoemaker

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