-less

-less

(-lĕs) suff.

Etymology

Anglo-Saxon leás loose, false; akin to Old Saxon lōs loose, false, Dutch los loose, loos false, sly, German los loose, Icelandic lauss loose, vacant, Gothic laus empty, vain, and also to English loose, lose. √127. See Lose, and cf. Loose, Leasing.
  • A privative adjective suffix, denoting without, destitute of, not having; as witless, childless, fatherless.