Definitions

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  • adj. Without a family.

Etymologies

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family +‎ -less

Examples

  • Prayers to his familyless than a minute ago via ÜberTwitterCarson Daly carsonjdaly

    LFO singer Rich Cronin's death sparks collective nostalgia

  • The Nuel asked a highly (to it) personal question: "Are you then ... familyless?"

    The Man Who Used the Universe

  • Thus, by 2009 - and especially as the US comes out of a recession that has left many jobless - millions of Americans are planning to use a long Thanksgiving holiday to work in soup kitchens for the homeless, visit the elderly in nursing homes, or simply invite a familyless person to their homes for turkey and the fixings.

    Christian Science Monitor | Top Stories

  • I just want to take this opportunity to thank the Ripper Gang for all their sleepless nights, and familyless days.

    PCLinuxOS-Forums

  • The blows of the basement hammer every day grew more and more between; and each blow every day grew fainter than the last; the wife sat frozen at the window, with tearless eyes, glitteringly gazing into the weeping faces of her children; the bellows fell; the forge choked up with cinders; the house was sold; the mother dived down into the long church-yard grass; her children twice followed her thither; and the houseless, familyless old man staggered off a vagabond in crape; his every woe unreverenced; his grey head a scorn to flaxen curls!

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Of course the home of the English-speaking miner, with its carpet on the best room, its pictures and comforts, had to go, as did the miner and his wife and children, also the school and the church -- for how could these stay when the Slav, homeless and familyless, could bunk in with a crowd anywhere, or build himself a hillside hut out of driftwood, and subsist on from four to ten dollars a month.

    Aliens or Americans?

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