Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a garment, having no sleeves.
  • adj. Wanting a cover, pretext, or palliation; unreasonable; profitless; useless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no sleeves.
  • adj. Wanting a cover, pretext, or palliation; unreasonable; profitless; bootless; useless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no sleeves; without sleeves: noting a garment.
  • Imperfect; inadequate; fruitless; unprofitable; bootless.

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

  • adj. having no sleeves
  • adj. unproductive of success

Etymologies

sleeve +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just as the train pulled out of the station, two really buff young men in what I call sleeveless undershirts and the younger generation calls "wife beaters" turned on a boom box and began dancing and performing acrobatics as the train roared past the local stations.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Some Afghan websites published photographs purportedly showing alcohol and dancing women in sleeveless dresses at an embassy party during the abstemious Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    Recalled Afghan Ambassador Not Going Back, Criticizes Karzai And Obama

  • I order my belle-mère, who responds with one of the many moxey mouthing offs that she carries up her stubborn sleeve, even in sleeveless summertime:

    troisième age - French Word-A-Day

  • A cluster of giggling youths dressed in short, sleeveless tunics scurried into the hall.

    Spirit Gate

  • I don’t think I would have begun this training regimen had I not been bombarded with constant images of Michelle Obama in sleeveless dresses and blouses waving at the adoring voters who visit her husband’s rallies.

    In Training | The Stiletto Gang

  • He's not wearing anything sleeveless, which is good for him.

    CNN Transcript Aug 6, 2003

  • I like the idea of sleeveless jerseys, but I thought the design was ugly.

    Texas Rangers

  • That translates to some original combinations, such as sleeveless chiffon floral dresses worn with fitted coats and high-heeled sandals in the dead of winter.

    Wearing White After Labor Day

  • For the sake of decency they kept on a kind of sleeveless knitted vest, but they were barefooted, wore the snow-white Hindu dhutis

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

  • Chamberlain will be shown in his home "sleeveless" uniform.

    OurSports Central Baseball News

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