Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Devoid of direction or purpose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without aim, purpose, or direction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without aim or purpose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without aim; purposeless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. aimlessly drifting
  • adj. continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another

Etymologies

aim +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (Although it must be said the Madrassas provide some regular education and literacy where no other option is available, they do community work that is non-religious ... and they take in aimless troubled youth.)

    Boing Boing: August 6, 2006 - August 12, 2006 Archives

  • For several seconds they stared at the blithesome youth, in a manner scarcely to be called aimless, since their looks were aimed with deadly accuracy at him, but in general, with the exception of Hicks, those in the room resembled vastly some of the celebrated Madame Tussaud's wax-works in London.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

  • It's not good or bad; it's bland and aimless, which is worse.

    Boston.com Top Stories

  • Blair's remarks that the East is "aimless" without something like Christianity are clinically insane and deeply offensive -- and absurd coming from the former leader of what was once the largest colonial empire on Earth.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • A typical argument for a song like this would be to say it's "aimless," but I think that misses the point.

    The Paper and the Empty Box (Music (For Robots))

  • A study just came out that shows a direct correlation with "aimless" time surfing during class and lower grades.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • In a kind of aimless rage she went home, wondering how she should reach Rita Sohlberg first and alone.

    The Titan

  • PRESLEY: I think it sort of happened all at a good period where I had just gone through my second divorce and was kind of aimless and somebody -- Foster -- David Foster came.

    CNN Transcript May 11, 2003

  • In a kind of aimless rage she went home, wondering how she should reach Rita

    The Titan

  • She described him as "a strange growth named Timmins, that has the Lazy 8 Ranch over on the next creek and wears kind of aimless whiskers all over his face till you'd think he had a gas mask on."

    Ma Pettengill

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