Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without spirit, soul, or life; dead.
  • adj. Without a ghost.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without life or spirit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without spirit, soul, or life.

Etymologies

From Middle English *gostles, from Old English gāstlēas ("lifeless, dead"), equivalent to ghost +‎ -less. Cognate with Dutch geestloos, German geistlos. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I've been asked repeatedly whether there were any ghosts, and for better or worse, there weren't (frankly, I prefer my castles ghostless), but you can't help but contemplate the lives of those who were climbing the same steps three, four or five hundred years ago.

    Megan Smolenyak: Roots Travel in Ireland

  • She treated the schoolmaster's dream as vapour, and the old days as dead and ghostless.

    Lord Ormont and His Aminta — Volume 1

  • The theoretical astronomer posits a planet populated by ghosts posited by another theoretical astronomer on another distant, ghostless planet, and wonders if he, the first theoretical astronomer, is on this planet now.

    Metamorphosism

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