Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without song.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of the power of song; without song.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without song; not singing.
  • In ornithology:
  • Not singing; unable to sing; not a singer: as, the female mocking-bird is songless; most birds are songless in winter.
  • Having no singing-apparatus, and consequently unable to sing; not a song-bird; non-oscine; clamatorial or mesomyodian, as a passerine bird: as, the Mesomyodi, or songless Passeres.

Etymologies

song +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Their songs were too faint to hear when they were together with your singing in the lantern, but not now,” said Michael, turning the songless lantern over in his hands.

    The Sound Thief « A Fly in Amber

  • That we were songless and starting to speak different languages 

    Down Bleecker Street With You

  • Only a handful of songless, danceless and unique art films are made at lower budgets.

    Mail Call: Women At The Helm

  • There was a grave clock, ticking somewhere up the staircase; and there was a songless bird in the same direction, pecking at his cage, as if he were ticking too.

    Little Dorrit

  • The country was unusually silent under the intensifying sun, the songless season of birds having just set in.

    Two on a Tower

  • Speaking of the tympan [in earlier versions, a "harp all songless"] that he has found:

    The Annotated "Ripple"

  • So, throughout the morning, Henriette swept and scrubbed and polished, sometimes heaving a sigh, sometimes rebuking her children, but for the most part silent as a songless bird.

    Two Tales of Old Strasbourg

  • It is thus that the singing crickets too produce their song; they possess greater warmth and are indented at the waist, but the songless variety have no fissure there.

    On youth and old age, on life and death, on breathing

  • Long after she had outgrown the little rural school scraps of poetry returned to her to rewaken the enthusiasm of childhood and to teach her again to "hear the lark within the songless egg and find the fountain where they wailed, 'Mirage!'"

    Patchwork A Story of 'The Plain People'

  • Hissed, and the moist plumes of the songless reeds

    A Book of Myths

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