Definition of sunless in US English:



  • 1Without any sun.

    ‘a sunless winter day’
    • ‘Some say the old warhorses of the energy age, coal and nuclear power stations, will still be needed to cope with windless, sunless, waveless days.’
    • ‘Come winter, he'll have to brave a frigid, largely sunless climate.’
    • ‘Poor seasons in cool climates are usually both sunless and cold.’
    • ‘You know, I've 43 minutes left in my evening here - then it's downstairs for entertainment, and after an annoying, drizzly sunless day, I need entertainment.’
    • ‘The battery bank must be sized to absorb the influx of wind-generated electricity and bridge the gap of windless (and sunless) periods.’
    • ‘Sunday morning was sunless and nearly cold, so we didn't even try to look for any more herbs.’
    • ‘For the inhabitants of Gibraltar this means humid and sunless weather, greatly increasing human stress levels’
    • ‘The day was sunless, bitter, snow-spitting.’
    • ‘The next 10 days were dull and sunless the severe spell becoming a distant memory.’
    • ‘Marko Nyberg, founder of Husky Rescue, describes his music as being ' like spring's sunbeam after the long dark sunless winter time '.’
    • ‘They will travel as far away as 750 miles through the sunless winter, not to return until the new spring.’
    • ‘We've had a few dreary, sunless summers and there are people who feel they'll go stone mad if they don't get their annual sunshine fix.’
    • ‘They are stuck instead for a sunless winter on an ice floe.’
    • ‘With Somerset going through one of its soggy stages, damp, mostly sunless and almost completely without cheer, sleep is a commodity I'm valuing rather highly these past few days.’
    • ‘We hold hands, me and her, both looking up at the blue, sunless sky; both with the grass under our backs; both wondering who will be the last to go.’
    • ‘It was what seemed to be another bleak, sunless and chill winter morning in Moscow.’
    • ‘Move the bed each sunless day.’
    • ‘Christine Margreiter runs a florist's shop in town but lives in a sunnier town nearby where she makes up for sunless weekdays by hiking and gardening.’
    • ‘But in our sunless summer of 2007, hailstones shredded the leaves of my teenage beans.’
    • ‘This is a more up-beat way of looking at the region's temperature, which can fall to - 51 Celsius in a six-month, sunless winter.’
    dark, overcast, cloudy, grey, gloomy, dismal, dreary, murky, hazy, louring, lowering
    shady, shadowy, dark, dim, dingy, gloomy, dull, ill-lit
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    1. 1.1 (of a place) receiving no sunlight.
      ‘the windowless, sunless headquarters’
      • ‘Sulphurous yellow sphagnum moss made a dayglo splash against the dull greens and browns of the sunless upland bog.’
      • ‘Action in the Gothic novel tends to take place at night, or at least in a claustrophobic, sunless environment.’
      • ‘Dense clouds shroud Titan's surface, making it mysterious and sunless as well.’
      • ‘Cunning things thrive in sunless dungeons’
      • ‘The project was very time consuming and always seemed to end up with us spending the summer sitting in front of a computer in some sunless basement.’
      • ‘The stalls are now too close together and the canopies too wide, making the passages between stalls narrow, uninviting, claustrophobic and sunless.’
      • ‘It is used only in the cold, sunless north.’
      • ‘Between house and garage there was a gate and narrow path which led into a rough yard, rendered sunless by a tall hedge and large sycamore tree.’
      • ‘The dark sky in Oshima Meteorological Station evokes a sunless world, a place where it is always night.’
      • ‘A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.’
      • ‘Most climbing roses need full sun, but there are a few that can handle a north-facing, sunless wall.’
      • ‘We have risen from the sunless depths, and now hang suspended, beneath the waves.’
      • ‘Below the decks, the middle passage was a hot, narrow, sunless nightmare; weeks and months of confinement and abuse and confusion on a strange and lonely sea.’
      • ‘Over the past year this chilly, sunless corridor has often been crowded with men dressed in jailhouse smocks, chained in a line at the ankles, waist and wrists.’
      • ‘The house was sunless.’
      • ‘Olde England must have been a sunless maze that stretched from Penzance to Carlisle.’
      • ‘Repelled by the sunless, cramped conditions in the cities, well-intended architects became obsessed with order.’
      • ‘What drew these artists into sunless caverns and tunnels sometimes less than a metre high has been the subject of vigorous argument.’
      • ‘It was described by one visitor as a "spare, sunless, almost shabby cubicle, as unrelentingly masculine as the lifelong bachelor who occupies it."’
      • ‘In winter, you should move your Maranta to a well-lit but sunless spot.’