from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Matchless, without equal, peerless.
  • adj. Without a mate; widowed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Matchless.
  • adj. Without a mate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Matchless; peerless; unequaled.
  • Without a mate; widowed.


From Middle English makeles, equivalent to make (“companion, mate, equal, peer”) +‎ -less. Cognate with Danish mageløs ("matchless"), Swedish makalös ("incomparable, peerless, matchless"). (Wiktionary)



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  • would you shake a spear - makeshift- at that? "Makeless" is Shakespeare's word for "unique"

    October 16, 2007

  • A sibling of makeshift, perhaps.

    September 7, 2007

  • 15th century word which would be translated as matchless or unique today

    September 3, 2007