Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Without marrow; not medullary.
  • Without a match; unequaled.—2. Not matching, as two things of the same kind, but not the same color, fit, etc.

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

  • adjective Destitute of marrow.

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  • adjective Destitute of marrows.

Etymologies

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marrow +‎ -less

Examples

  • The present is not worth so much as a shoe – sole; all faithless and marrowless the doings of men; their soul has no wings and their deeds no weight;

    Peer Gynt

  • The present is not worth so much as a shoe – sole; all faithless and marrowless the doings of men; their soul has no wings and their deeds no weight;

    Peer Gynt

  • We fighters at the outposts nowadays no longer approve of them; and I do not believe there is any other well-ascertained truth except this, that no community can live a healthy life if it is nourished only on such old marrowless truths.

    An Enemy of the People

  • But, instead of standing there using vague generalities, it would be interesting if you would tell us what these old marrowless truths are, that we are nourished on.

    An Enemy of the People

  • We fighters at the outposts nowadays no longer approve of them; and I do not believe there is any other well-ascertained truth except this, that no community can live a healthy life if it is nourished only on such old marrowless truths.

    An Enemy of the People

  • Falstaff going to bed without his cup of sack, or Macbeth fed on bones as marrowless as those of Banquo.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • But, instead of standing there using vague generalities, it would be interesting if you would tell us what these old marrowless truths are, that we are nourished on.

    An Enemy of the People

  • For of the bones in the lion some contain no marrow at all, and some are only scantily supplied therewith; and that accounts, as was previously observed, for the statement made by certain writers that the lion is marrowless.

    The History of Animals

  • But soon four hours 'deprivation of the drug gave rise to a physical and mental prostration that no pen can adequately depict, no language convey: a horror unspeakable, a woe unutterable takes possession of the entire being; a clammy perspiration bedews the surface, the eye is stony and hard, the noise pointed, as in the hippocratic face preceding dissolution, the hands uncertain, the mind restless, the heart as ashes, the "bones marrowless."

    The Opium Habit

  • 'Its bones are marrowless, its blood is cold, and it has no speculation in its eyes.'

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. From George III. to Victoria

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