Definition of lifeless in English:

lifeless

adjective

  • 1Dead or apparently dead.

    ‘his lifeless body was taken from the river’
    • ‘He let him go and his pale, lifeless corpse fell to the ground.’
    • ‘Within seconds, he had crumpled onto the ground like a lifeless rag doll.’
    • ‘The Captain looked as though he wished the first mate was lying lifeless on the floor with the dead men.’
    • ‘She gazed in horror at the seemingly lifeless body of her dear friend on the floor.’
    • ‘The comfort I wanted was to see Josh alive, not falling lifeless on my living room floor.’
    • ‘The apparently lifeless stick happened to be an early clematis, heavy with bud further down its length and now safely attached to the new support.’
    • ‘His blue eyes had closed, and he now lay lifeless on the cold ground.’
    • ‘He remembers her arms on the cold, lifeless body of the elderly master as she sat on the stone floor.’
    • ‘When firefighters pulled his lifeless body from the river, his heart wasn't beating and paramedics feared the worst as he was taken to hospital unconscious.’
    • ‘Sitting on his knees he embraced the dead bloody woman in his arms, feeling her cold lifeless body against his hot chest.’
    • ‘She had large areas of deep grey under her eyes, which looked hollow, lifeless, dead.’
    • ‘His bloody, broken body curled on the floor in a lifeless heap.’
    • ‘Though they still appeared glassy, they no longer seemed so lifeless.’
    • ‘He finally stopped, comatose, lying nearly lifeless on the ground.’
    • ‘I can't stand sitting here watching you lie there almost lifeless.’
    • ‘He was a vegetarian, as he couldn't stand the lifeless sight of a dead deer or fish.’
    • ‘He twitched a lot and simply stared at the lifeless corpse of his brother.’
    • ‘The dirty grey pavements were littered with cold, lifeless bodies and the only sound came from the biting autumn wind as it ripped through the trees and chilled him to the bone.’
    • ‘She pressed her forehead to his own, and his entire body was cold, lifeless.’
    • ‘The horse's hooves crashed into Danni and she fell lifeless to the ground.’
    dead, deceased, defunct, departed, late, extinct, perished, gone, no more, passed away, passed on, stiff, cold, dead as a doornail, as dead as a doornail
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    1. 1.1 Lacking vigour, vitality, or excitement.
      ‘dull and lifeless hair’
      • ‘If it's dull, boring and lifeless, your reader will surely move on.’
      • ‘They are flawless little gems of paintings that are also completely lifeless and dull.’
      • ‘If a writer isn't careful, even the best biblical exegesis can render a parable lifeless.’
      • ‘Yes, he is correct in declaring that critical scholarship can be boring and sometimes spiritually lifeless.’
      • ‘She finally realised that her lifeless platinum hair didn't make her look like a movie star.’
      • ‘She turned to him, and her eyes were dull, her hair limp and lifeless, her lips as gray as the sky.’
      • ‘All in all, the presentation is almost as lifeless as the film itself.’
      • ‘But these developments have had consequences for his art, hollowing it out, rendering it lifeless.’
      • ‘Generally dry hair is unmanageable, lifeless, dull, frizzy and/or flyaway.’
      • ‘And I'm getting some highlights put in this lank, lifeless hair of mine on Friday, after dithering over the idea for at least two years.’
      • ‘I didn't move further, remaining as lifeless as if I was unconscious.’
      • ‘When you take the colour from things it robs the world of its vitality and wonder, and leaves things drab and lifeless.’
      • ‘She had extremely pale skin; her lips were light pink, almost white, and her hair was limp and lifeless.’
      • ‘The left wing think tanks, for instance, are now lifeless, dull and lacking in ideas.’
      • ‘The glass-green eyes still flared, but with a flat, lifeless expression.’
      • ‘Sun, wind, chlorine and salt break down the protein structures that make up each strand of hair, rendering it dull, dry and lifeless.’
      • ‘According to him, you should try eating some probiotic yoghurt because it helps to make lifeless, dull hair glossy and shiny.’
      • ‘Her hair seemed lifeless with its now boring length.’
      • ‘Her long brown hair seemed lifeless, hanging limply down her back.’
      • ‘The man who looked back at him was well-muscled and tall, but his eyes were tired and dull, his light brown hair flat and lifeless.’
      lacklustre, spiritless, lacking vitality, apathetic, torpid, lethargic
      lank, lustreless
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  • 2Devoid of living things.

    ‘the lifeless landscapes of the moon’
    • ‘There was a long pause as the two stared out over the grim and lifeless landscape.’
    • ‘The cave is not a lifeless place, it is a living thing to which we have to give ourselves; a thing that can be gentle and also be a savage whom changes in temper can render dangerous.’
    • ‘The landscape appears to be lifeless, but is home to an array of insects and wildlife.’
    • ‘He thought of the dead grass, the lifeless, deceased forests in which no creature lived.’
    barren, sterile, bare, desolate, stark, arid, infertile, uncultivated, empty, uninhabited, unoccupied
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Origin

Old English līflēas (see life, -less).

Pronunciation

lifeless

/ˈlʌɪfləs/