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From Middle English lustles, equivalent to lust +‎ -less. Cognate with Dutch lusteloos, German lustlos. Doublet of listless.


lustless (comparative more lustless, superlative most lustless)

  1. Without sexual lust.
    • 1587, Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine the Great
      By Mahomet my kinsman's sepulchre, / And by the holy Alcoran I swear, / He shall be made a chaste and lustless eunuch...
    • 1964, J Z Eglinton, Paul Goodman, Greek Love
      But then, Bergler also claims that there are no genuinely ambi-erotic individuals, only "homosexuals who may be capable of lustless mechanical sex...
  2. (obsolete) Lacking vigour; weak; spiritless.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for lustless in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)