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Lacking direction or purpose: an aimless stroll; aimless slackers.

aim′less·ly adv.
aim′less·ness n.
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  1. Aimless as an autumn leaf borne in November’s Idle Winds —Paul Hamilton Hayne
  2. Chuckled aimlessly, like an old man searching for his spectacles —James Crumley
  3. The crowd scurried aimlessly away like ants from a disturbed crumb —O. Henry
  4. Drift about … aimlessly as a ghost —Lawrence Durrell
  5. Drifted like winter moons —Richard Wilbur
  6. Drifting like breath —Robert Penn Warren
  7. Drifts like a cloud —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  8. He was without subject matter, like a tennis player in the Arctic or a skier in Sahara’s sand —Delmore Schwartz
  9. Kept going … like a car without a driver —Cornell Woolrich

    Woolrich’s description of aimlessness is a variant of “Aimless as a ship without a rudder;” in fact, in his story, Dawn to Dusk, Woolrich used the two similes together.

  10. Lived from day to day as if the years were circular —Alice McDermott
  11. Never really taking hold of anything, he slides in and out of jobs like a wind-up toy sledding about until the inevitable slowdown —Alvin Boretz, film treatment
  12. Ran out of motives, as a car runs out of gas —John Barth
  13. Walking in aimless circles like children during a school fire drill —James Crumley
  14. Wandered about at random, like dogs that have lost the scent —Voltaire
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aimlessness - the quality of lacking any definite purpose
meaninglessness - the quality of having no value or significance; "he resented the meaninglessness of the tasks they assigned him"
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[ˈeɪmlɪsnɪs] N [of wandering] → falta f de rumbo; [of life] → falta f de sentido, falta f de propósito; [of conversation] → falta f de objeto
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nZiellosigkeit f; (of talk, action)Planlosigkeit f
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(eim) verb
1. (usually with at, ~for) to point or direct something at; to try to hit or reach etc. He picked up the rifle and aimed it at the target.
2. (with to, ~at) to plan, intend or to have as one's purpose. He aims at finishing tomorrow; We aim to please our customers.
1. the act of or skill at aiming. His aim is excellent.
2. what a person intends to do. My aim is to become prime minister.
ˈaimless adjective
without purpose. an aimless life.
ˈaimlessly adverb
ˈaimlessness noun
take aim
to aim. He took aim at the target.
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References in classic literature ?
Those moans express in the first place all the aimlessness of your pain, which is so humiliating to your consciousness; the whole legal system of nature on which you spit disdainfully, of course, but from which you suffer all the same while she does not.
Soon the girl discovered that if she walked with such apparent aimlessness, some men looked at her with calculating eyes.
His concluding smile was positively ghastly, and his eyes had resumed something more than their old restlessness; they shifted hither and thither about the room with apparent aimlessness and I fancied had taken on a wild expression, such as is sometimes observed in cases of dementia.
"What would there be to create," he asks, "if there were--Gods?" His ideal, the Superman, lends him the cheerfulness necessary to the overcoming of that despair usually attendant upon godlessness and upon the apparent aimlessness of a world without a god.
They were marched from place to place with apparent aimlessness.
I went to the headland and watched the bull-men, black against the evening sky as they carried the weighted dead body out to sea; and like a wave across my mind came the realisation of the unspeakable aimlessness of things upon the island.
He began to probe a little farther, albeit with an aimlessness about his questions that almost frightened him.
"The lives of these people," she tried to explain, the aimlessness, the way they live.
While the action of Beattie's plot seems almost random (which would support the recurring charge among critics of a sense of "aimlessness" in her fiction), in fact the accumulation of detail in this story does work eventually to signify Renee's predicament.
Is any politician, especially the family man in Number Ten, concerned about the peddling of sex on TV, the promotion of drink-until-you-throw-up-and-have-mindless-sex holidays and the general aimlessness and emptiness of young lives?
They putter around dilapidated factories and empty playgrounds, looking to make meaning out of their own aimlessness. But theirs is a world devoid of video games, hip-hop culture, or designer label T-shirts.
(We only learn the details of the accident at the very end of the novel, at the point when Thomas returns to the Glyptotek Museum, the rendezvous for a family reunion -- and reconciliation -- that never took place.) Thomas has abandoned his post and his lectures at the university in an effort to lose himself in wandering, in aimlessness, possibly to end it all.