Definitions

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

  • adjective Formed without a head.
  • adjective Decapitated.
  • adjective Lacking a leader or director.
  • adjective Lacking intelligence and prudence; stupid or foolish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having no head; acephalous; acranial: as, the headless mollusks; headless vertebrates.
  • Destitute of a chief or leader.
  • Destitute of understanding or prudence; foolish.

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

  • adjective Having no head; beheaded.
  • adjective Destitute of a chief or leader.
  • adjective obsolete Destitute of understanding or prudence; foolish; rash; obstinate; mindless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Without a head; decapitated.
  • adjective Without a head in the sense of leadership.
  • adjective linguistics Not having a head morpheme or word.
  • adjective computing Running without a user interface; specifically, running without a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
  • adjective of beer Without a head of foam.
  • adjective obsolete Destitute of understanding or prudence; foolish; rash.

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

  • adjective not having a head or formed without a head
  • adjective not using intelligence

Etymologies

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From Anglo-Saxon, equivalent to head +‎ -less.

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