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a. Formed without a head.
b. Decapitated.
2. Lacking a leader or director.
3. Lacking intelligence and prudence; stupid or foolish.

head′less·ness n.


1. without a head
2. without a leader
3. foolish or stupid
4. (Poetry) prosody another word for catalectic
ˈheadlessness n


(ˈhɛd lɪs)

1. lacking a head.
2. beheaded.
3. having no leader or chief.
4. foolish; stupid.
[before 1000]
head′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.headless - not having a head or formed without a head ; "the headless horseman"; "brads are headless nails"
headed - having a head of a specified kind or anything that serves as a head; often used in combination; "headed bolts"; "three-headed Cerberus"; "a cool-headed fighter pilot"
2.headless - not using intelligence
unintelligent, stupid - lacking intelligence; "a dull job with lazy and unintelligent co-workers"


[ˈhedlɪs] ADJ (lit) [body] → sin cabeza; (= leaderless) → acéfalo
to run around like a headless chicken (Brit) → ir dando palos de ciego, ir de acá para allá sin saber qué hacer


[ˈhɛdləs] adj [person, animal] → sans têtehead lice nplpoux mpl
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