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From Middle English nameles, equivalent to name +‎ -less. Cognate with Dutch naamloos (nameless), German namenlos (nameless), Danish navnløs (nameless), Swedish namnlös (nameless), Icelandic nafnlaus (nameless, anonymous).

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Adjective edit

nameless (not comparable)

  1. Not having a name.
    Synonym: unnamed
    Environmental DNA analysis suggests that the number of species of bacteria that remain nameless to date may well be on the order of many thousands.
  2. Whose name is unknown; unidentified or obscured.
    Synonyms: anonymous, deidentified
    The culprits shall remain nameless here, as some names have been changed to protect the guilty; just don't let it happen again.
  3. Unable to be described or expressed.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:indescribable
    a nameless unease
    a nameless fear
  4. (dated, of a child) Illegitimate.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:illegitimate

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Noun edit

the nameless

  1. (obsolete) Vulva.
    Synonyms: name-it-not; see also Thesaurus:vulva

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