Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Lacking color.
  • adjective Pale; pallid.
  • adjective Lacking animation, variety, or distinction; dull. synonym: dull.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Destitute of color; not distinguished by any hue; transparent, blanched, or entirely white: as, colorless water, glass, or gas; colorless cheeks or hair.
  • In botany: Having no other color than green.
  • Pale or hyaline. Jackson, Glossary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Without color; not distinguished by any hue; transparent; ; a colorless gas.
  • adjective Free from any manifestation of partial or peculiar sentiment or feeling; not disclosing likes, dislikes, prejudice, etc..
  • adjective having lost its normal color.

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  • adjective Alternative spelling of colourless.

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

  • adjective lacking in variety and interest
  • adjective weak in color; not colorful

Etymologies

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color +‎ -less

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  • "Significantly, the English word colorless, which had until then only been a synonym for pale, took on a new and less flattering meaning during this period: it became a derogatory adjective describing a person or object 'without distinctive character, vividness, or picturesqueness.'"

    Amy Butler Greenfield, A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire (New York: Harper Collins, 2005), 249.

    (Time period is the 1850s-1860s.)

    See also snazzycolored, and Carmen.

    October 6, 2017