American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Devoid of sap; dry.
- adj. Lacking spirit or energy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Destitute of sap; dry; withered.
- Hence Destitute of or deficient in vital force.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Destitute of sap; not juicy.
- adj. Fig.: Dry; old; husky; withered; spiritless.
- adj. destitute of sap and other vital juices; dry.
- adj. lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
- sap + -less (Wiktionary)
“Home Rule than that kind of sapless Nationalism, astonishingly rare in”
“Their development is arrested, or they are, from the beginning, poor creatures born of starvelings, and perhaps fated to give birth to pale, sapless beings like themselves.”
“One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can balkanize Wikipedia's uppity, insipid lynch mob into an etiolated and sapless agglomeration.”
“They drift apart now, halfheartedly nosing the stiff, sapless remnants of field hay; sometimes one will lift and gaze back toward the barn.”
“A sapless soul one lacking strength is another way of the Decider calling the Democrats cowards, yet they are honored by the torturers presence and applaud his continued name calling.”
“The terrors and horrors of Cocytus and Styx, ghosts and sapless shades, and the rest of their Tartarean nomenclature, must vanish.”
“Also we shall have to reject all the terrible and appalling names which describe the world below — Cocytus and Styx, ghosts under the earth, and sapless shades, and any similar words of which the very mention causes a shudder to pass through the inmost soul of him who hears them.”
“There is, says Vanessa, a huge sapless aridity in the world out there that needs slaking:”
“In places two or three miles back from the coast there was a great deal of grass, that at a better season of the year would have been valuable; now it was dry and sapless.”
“Some thornless thistles, a little brush of sapless-looking indigo, and some species of compositae struggle for a doleful existence.”
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