Etymology
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sleeveless (adj.)

Old English sliefleas, slyflease; see sleeve (n.) + -less.

updated on October 11, 2013

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Definitions of sleeveless from WordNet

sleeveless (adj.)
having no sleeves;
sleeveless summer dresses
sleeveless (adj.)
unproductive of success;
a sleeveless errand
Synonyms: bootless / fruitless / futile / vain
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