Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. lacking or in need of a house or home
  • adj. homeless but not wanting for local ties, affiliations or roots in a particular community.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of the shelter of a house; shelterless; homeless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without a house or habitation; without shelter: as, the houseless child of want.

Etymologies

house +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • —Were ye not friendless, —houseless, —penniless, —when I took ye by the hand—and are ye not expelling me—me, and that innocent girl—friendless, houseless, and penniless, from the house that has sheltered us and ours for a thousand years?

    Chapter XIII

  • (Companions of the bench or sofa) were certain houseless Believers lodged by the Prophet.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Heavy D was incredibly articulate and funny and had so much going for her it was just so baffling as to why she was "houseless," as she put it.

    Andrew Jenks Dives Into a Different Reality Each Week on MTV's World of Jenks

  • As far as I can see, it's not the "houseless" who are "pulling down" houses!

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  • "Where the Northern Lights come down o 'nights to dance on the houseless snow."

    The Gold Hunters of the North

  • Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.

    Think Progress » Kansas Attorney General Refuses To Sue Federal Government Over Health Care Reform

  • But one of the things that differentiates you from other documentary filmmakers is that you're shown as an active character in the story and at least in what I've seen in your episode following the houseless girl in San Francisco, it looks as though at times, you sometimes pass judgment on the situation.

    Fabio Periera: Ten Minutes with Andrew Jenks

  • She was a woman tramp, a houseless soul, too independent to drag her failing carcass through the workhouse door.

    FRYING-PAN ALLEY AND A GLIMPSE OF INFERNO

  • For the artist, this was the experience of the 20th century: alienation, houseless wandering and a desperate quest for answers to the conundrum of existence.

    House of Exile by Evelyn Juers – review

  • When David Copperfield, a middle-class child-laborer in a factory, finally finds his aunt, he says that "I thought of all the solitary places under the night sky where I had slept, and how I prayed that I never might be houseless any more, and never might forget the houseless."

    Our Dickens

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