fatherless O.E. fæderleas; see FATHER (Cf. father) + -LESS (Cf. -less).

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  • Fatherless — Fa ther*less, a. 1. Destitute of a living father; as, a fatherless child. [1913 Webster] 2. Without a known author. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fatherless — [fä′thərlis] adj. [ME faderles < OE fæderleas] 1. not having a father living, or lacking a father s protection 2. not knowing the identity of one s father …   English World dictionary

  • fatherless — [[t]fɑ͟ːðə(r)ləs[/t]] ADJ You describe children as fatherless when their father has died or does not live with them. ...widows and fatherless children... They were left fatherless …   English dictionary

  • fatherless — /fah dheuhr lis/, adj. 1. not having a living father: a fatherless boy. 2. not having a known or legally responsible father. [bef. 1000; ME faderles, OE faederleas. See FATHER, LESS] * * * …   Universalium

  • fatherless — adj. Fatherless is used with these nouns: ↑child …   Collocations dictionary

  • fatherless — father ► NOUN 1) a male parent. 2) an important figure in the origin and early history of something: Pasteur, the father of microbiology . 3) literary a male ancestor. 4) (often as a title or form of address) a priest. 5) (the Father) (in… …   English terms dictionary

  • fatherless — adjective see father I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fatherless — adjective Without a living father …   Wiktionary

  • fatherless — Synonyms and related words: abandoned, aidless, baseborn, bastard, bereaved, bereft, defenseless, deprived, deserted, desolate, forlorn, forsaken, friendless, godforsaken, guideless, helpless, homeless, kithless, leaderless, misbegotten,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fatherless — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. orphan, orphaned, illegitimate; see abandoned 1 , bastard 1 , illegitimate 2 …   English dictionary for students

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