Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Without leaves; having lost its leaves: as, a leafless tree.

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

  • adjective Having no leaves or foliage; bearing no foliage.
  • adjective plants having no foliage, though leaves may be present in the form of scales and bracts. See Leaf, n., 1 and 2.

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

  • adjective Of plants or trees, without leaves.

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

  • adjective having no leaves

Etymologies

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leaf +‎ -less

Examples

  • The wharf was full, every mooring place taken, and the masts of all the ships formed a kind of leafless forest, stripped of the sails that had carried them all this way.

    Tran Siberian

  • The wharf was full, every mooring place taken, and the masts of all the ships formed a kind of leafless forest, stripped of the sails that had carried them all this way.

    The Outstretched Shadow

  • The leafless garden with its pinched grass and dirty London brick walls: would he see spring arrive there?

    Fiction

  • With the sun peaking through the leafless branches, we had our midday meal and shared our morning stories.

    New Weekly Contest: Best Hunting Story Wins a Leatherman

  • The leafless garden with its pinched grass and dirty London brick walls: would he see spring arrive there?

    Books

  • The leafless garden with its pinched grass and dirty London brick walls: would he see spring arrive there?

    History

  • When it did, light splashed through larch and ash, sliding across tree trunks and falling into tangles of dark, leafless brash.

    Country Diary: Wenlock Edge

  • With the sun peaking through the leafless branches, we had our midday meal and shared our morning stories.

    New Weekly Contest: Best Hunting Story Wins a Leatherman

  • Dawn to dusk, each hour, Patricio would guide twenty pilgrims to the cave while the others queued up, seeking shade under every leafless cactus and scrubby tree near the chain.

    The Calling

  • We stopped in a depressing little memorial garden of leafless rosebushes with a monument for the dead of the two world wars and sat there in the drizzle.

    Henry’s Demons

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