Etymology
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fatherless (adj.)

Old English fæderleas; see father (n.) + -less. Similar formation in Dutch vaderloos, German vaterlos, Danish faderlös.

updated on October 21, 2014

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Definitions of fatherless from WordNet

fatherless (adj.)
having no living father;
fatherless (adj.)
not having a known or legally responsible father;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.