Webster 1913 Edition



Without date; having no fixed time.

Webster 1828 Edition



Having no date; having no fixed term.
DA'TER, n. One that dates.
DA'TING, ppr. Expressing the time of writing or of executing a paper or instrument; noting the time of happening, or originating.
DA'TIVE, a. In grammar, the epithet of the case of nouns, which usually follows verbs that express giving, or some act directed to am object. Thus, datur tibi, it is given to you; missum est illi, it was sent to him; fecit mihi, he made or did to or for me; loquebatur illis, he spoke to them. It also follows other words expressing something to be given to a person or for his benefit; as, utilis vobis, useful to you. In English, this relation is expressed by to or for.

Definition 2023





dateless (comparative more dateless, superlative most dateless)

  1. Out of one's head; deranged.
    • 1848, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Mary Barton, page 98:
      Poor soul, she's gone dateless, I think, with care, and watching, and overmuch trouble; and who can wonder?
    • 1863, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Sylvia's Lovers, page 135:
      and he were put in York prison and tried and hung - hung! Charley! - kind father was hung on a gallows and mother lost sense and grew silly in grief and we were like to be turned on t' wide world and poor mother dateless
    • 1881, Edwin Waugh, “The Dead Man's Dinner”, in Tufts of heather, page 307:
      An' they geet howd on her, and carried her into Sally Grimshaw's, an' laid her upo' th' couch cheer, as dateless as a stone !
  2. (Britain, dialect, slang) thick-headed
    They're so dateless that Burger King will not offer them a job.
    • 1997, Peter O'Toole, Loitering with Intent: The Apprentice, ISBN 0786860650, page 281:
      Into the court you'd swanned, you dateless little pillock, if not wholly confident of winning, surely careless of losing.
    • 1976, Fred Beake, Legends from Mammon, page 8:
      You dateless fool, you stupid ass, clamped to / This crag for all eternity
    • 2001, August 4, “Lynne Walker”, in Classical: Musical portrait of the artist as a young man:
      "You dateless article," stormed his father, leaving Bennett to realise in his laconic way that he was, and probably always would be, a disappointment to Dad.

Etymology 2

Coined between 1585 and 1595 from date + -less[1][2]


dateless (not comparable)

  1. Without a date imprinted, assigned, or associated.
  2. Having no date—a meeting with a lover or potential lover.
    It is hard to believe that she could be dateless on a Saturday night.
  3. Timeless; immortal
  4. Without a start; immemorial
  5. (archaic) Without an end; endless
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnet XXX,
      Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow, / For precious friends hid in death's dateless night


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  2. “Dateless” in Merriam-Webster