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[sahyt-lis] /ˈsaɪt lɪs/
unable to see; blind.
Origin of sightless
1200-50; Middle English. See sight, -less
Related forms
sightlessly, adverb
sightlessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sightless
Contemporary Examples
  • The Daily Pic (Venice Biennale Edition): Artur Zmijewski presents the work of sightless painters as futile, and necessary.

Historical Examples
  • The blind woman stood motionless, with closely compressed lips and eyes that stared in their sightless fixity.

    Colonial Born G. Firth Scott
  • His eyes did not move from her face; but they looked almost like sightless eyes.

  • He was staring straight across the room with the sightless look of one whose mind is far away.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • If a bird sang in the air above her, she lifted her sightless eyes.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • And then he kissed the pale lips and closed the sightless eyes—in peace.

    The Spanish Brothers Deborah Alcock
  • But deathly pallor and staring, sightless eyes were the sole reply.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • Not a soul was abroad in the midday heat, and the windows of the long house opposite were sightless.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Malcolm, looking at the sightless eyes, felt his spine go creepy.

    The Book of All-Power Edgar Wallace
  • Alice lifted her downcast, blushing face, while the tears rolled gently from her beautiful, sightless eyes.

    Helen and Arthur Caroline Lee Hentz
British Dictionary definitions for sightless


Derived Forms
sightlessly, adverb
sightlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sightless

late 13c., from sight (n.) + -less. Related: Sightlessly; sightlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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