Definition of nameless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈneɪmləs/


1Having no name or no known name: some pictures were taken by a nameless photographer the clinic was situated in a little nameless square off James Street
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  • His name is a lie, and with this lie the reality of his world vanishes… Reality has become a confusion of thingless names and nameless things for him.
  • Desperate for a title, a mutual friend suggested the name to an unenthusiastic nameless band.
  • As for the dolls that didn't come with names, well, some remain nameless to this day.
1.1Deliberately not identified; anonymous: the director of an organization which shall remain nameless
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  • So much so, in fact, that one of my teachers, who shall remain nameless to protect her identity, pulled me aside after class and told me she's having a dinner party on Saturday.
  • I very much appreciate the support and friendship of the landowners of 3rd Unnamed Cave, who must remain nameless.
  • Until recently, its investigators have been mostly nameless, the millions of words issuing from its government-issue red-brick offices mostly anonymous.
1.2 archaic (Of a child) illegitimate: his grandfather had been a nameless, parentless child
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  • The memories are rosy at first, if a bit disconnected and tangential, and each tale includes memories told to the nameless child by his foster father, Mr Finney.
2(Especially of an emotion) not easy to describe; indefinable: a nameless yearning for transcendence
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  • Her bending body evoked wordless memories of love and life, her supple arms gave meaning to nameless emotions, and her springing legs bore testament to perfection.
  • I couldn't explain the momentary stillness inside of me, or the rush of nameless emotions that followed.
  • Their eyes never broke away from their gaze, each mirroring those nameless emotions coursing through them.
unspeakable, unutterable, inexpressible, unmentionable, indescribable, abominable, horrible, dreadful, appalling, shocking, awful, terrible, frightful;
indefinable, vague, obscure, unspecified, unspecifiable
2.1Too horrific to be described: the myths talk about nameless horrors infesting our universe
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  • Everything had a cult dedicated to it, from ancient mummies to nameless elder horrors.
  • But in the next instant, the hair rises glacially on the back of his neck, his spine is seized with iron, his eyes open on emptiness, a nameless terror.
  • Some nameless horror from the primordial depths.



Pronunciation: /ˈneɪmləsli/
Example sentences
  • But while the ability to travel namelessly may be a prerogative we can sacrifice, what about the right to speak anonymously?
  • The developers work namelessly to produce a piece of software that will make their employers wealthy.
  • The cities have great swathes of villa land suburbia, quiet lanes often tree lined stretching namelessly on and on until they melt into unfinished desert building sites.


Pronunciation: /ˈneɪmləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • As they smile into the camera, they seem to be cheerfully willing their own namelessness, and become strange specters of themselves.
  • Though she is a lauded professional, she can identify with the namelessness that shrouds historical women figures like Sally Hemings.
  • The namelessness of the lover creates heightened particularity, at the same time giving his character the edge of the purely subjective.

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