spineless


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spine·less

 (spīn′lĭs)
adj.
1. Lacking courage or willpower.
2. Biology
a. Having no spines.
b. Lacking a spinal column; invertebrate.

spine′less·ly adv.
spine′less·ness n.

spineless

(ˈspaɪnlɪs)
adj
1. (Zoology) lacking a backbone; invertebrate
2. (Botany) having no spiny processes: spineless stems.
3. lacking strength of character, resolution, or courage
ˈspinelessly adv
ˈspinelessness n

spine•less

(ˈspaɪn lɪs)

adj.
1. having no backbone.
2. having no spines or quills.
3. having a weak spine; limp.
4. without resolution or courage.
[1820–30]
spine′less•ly, adv.
spine′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spineless - weak in willpower, courage or vitality
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
2.spineless - lacking a backbone or spinal column; "worms are an example of invertebrate animals"
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
3.spineless - lacking spiny processes; "spineless fins"
spinous, spiny - having spines; "the dorsal fin is spinous"
4.spineless - lacking thorns
unarmed - (used of plants or animals) lacking barbs or stings or thorns

spineless

adjective weak, soft, cowardly, ineffective, feeble, yellow (informal), inadequate, pathetic, submissive, squeamish, vacillating, boneless, gutless (informal), weak-willed, weak-kneed (informal), faint-hearted, irresolute, spiritless, chickenshit (U.S. slang), lily-livered, without a will of your own bureaucrats and spineless politicians
strong, brave, bold, courageous, gritty, strong-willed, ballsy (taboo slang)
Translations
ضَعيف الإرادَهلافقاري
bezobratlíbezpáteřní
holdningsløsvattet
hrygglauskjarklaus
bez chrbtice
omurgasızzayıf kişilikli

spineless

[ˈspaɪnlɪs] ADJ (fig) → débil

spineless

[ˈspaɪnləs] adj
(= weak) → faible
(lit) (= invertebrate) → invertébré(e)

spineless

adj
(Anat) → wirbellos; (fig) personohne Rückgrat; compromise, refusalfeige; don’t be so spinelessbeweisen Sie mal, dass Sie Rückgrat haben!
(Zool) → stachellos; (Bot) → dornenlos, stachellos

spineless

[ˈspaɪnlɪs] adj (fig) → smidollato/a; (animal) → invertebrato/a

spine

(spain) noun
1. the line of linked bones running down the back of humans and many animals; the backbone. She damaged her spine when she fell.
2. something like a backbone in shape or function. the spine of a book.
3. a thin, stiff, pointed part growing on an animal or a plant.
ˈspinal adjective
of or concerned with the backbone. a spinal injury.
ˈspineless adjective
1. of an animal, having no spine; invertebrate.
2. of a person, having a weak character; easily dominated.
ˈspiny adjective
full of, or covered with, spines. a spiny cactus.
spinal cord
a cord of nerve cells running up through the backbone.
References in classic literature ?
Jane Clayton was of sterner stuff than that which bends in spineless terror before danger.
Former all rounder Ian Botham said he felt depressed and embarrassed over England team's 'spineless' display in Australia.
Former Test all-rounder Ian Botham described England's performance as "spineless" and said: "I'm pretty depressed and embarrassed.
HELL'S Kitchen star Terry Miller was today branded a "spineless coward" by his wife for dumping her by phone.
From 1905 to 1916, Burbank's spineless cactus was the center of an agricultural bubble held aloft by the combined winds of genuine need, popular science, the eternal pursuit of quick profits, and, most of all, the extraordinary fame of Burbank himself.
Our line manager - let's call him Spineless Bob - asked my colleague to mark the work and send it to the examining board.
And turn our ire on the spineless cowards who make the rules that allow cheats like him a second chance.
has been spineless in the face of the lobbying power of private plane owners, many of whom are wealthy and influential.
I don't know what's more depressing, Saturday's mindless thugs or the spineless mugs supposed to be leading our city.
The visit will not have been in vain, if it succeeds in disabusing Ms Rice of the notion that the majority of the British people shared Tony Blair's spineless and unquestioning obedience to George Bush in his illegal war.
I HOPE Trevor Sergent was joking when he sent out that Press release accusing Podge and Rodge of being "gutless" and "spineless" after he was dropped from the show.
As it turns out, the spineless and the brave stand up to adversity the same way.