Definitions

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  • adj. Without any buds.

Etymologies

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From bud +‎ -less.

Examples

  • It was a small, whitewashed place, with a green porch over the door; scanty brown stalks showed in the garden soil near this porch, and likewise beneath the windows - stalks budless and flowerless now, but giving dim prediction of trained and blooming creepers for summer days.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • For hours we thus toiled up pathways seemingly fitter for goats than men, where leafless trees were bending destitute of life and helpless towards the valley, as the keen wind went sighing, moaning, wailing through their bare boughs and budless twigs.

    Across China on Foot

  • April was budless and cold, a month of storms; the snow drifted deep along the streets and M.

    Clementina

  • My small olive-branch of fancy will be withered, in truth, and ready to drop budless from the tree, when I cease to feel a mild delight in the billings and cooings of the little birds that separate from the flocks to fly together in pairs, or in the uninstructive but mutually satisfactory converse which Strephon holds with Chloe while they dally along the primrose path.

    Fisherman's Luck and Some Other Uncertain Things

  • But now it was afternoon -- which, we all know, brings a somewhat more depressing air -- and the budless thickets stood so close, so still, Saul became conscious that his load was a corpse.

    What Necessity Knows

  • Alvan gave her one out of his pocketbook, and watched her eyelids in profile as she perused those features of the budless grey woman.

    The Tragic Comedians — Volume 2

  • The bushes were leafless and budless, the summer gone, the spring not worth hoping for, because it also would go: spring after spring came -- for nothing but to go again!

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate

  • The thin leafless trees were all bending away from the shore, and the wind went sighing, hissing, and almost wailing through their bare boughs and budless twigs.

    The Marquis of Lossie

  • Though the last three days have been as hot as our midsummer weather, the trees are yet leafless and budless -- as dry and unpromising-looking as they were in mid-winter; and, indeed, the transition from winter to summer is almost instantaneous here.

    Records of a Girlhood

  • With its stirring images of sunrise seen from space, its shots of trees transforming from budless branches to full summer foliage and then autumn's fiery finery, and its cute wobbly baby animals, this is a movie that should be rated "awww!"

    canada.com Top Stories

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