Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or bearing no name: nameless stars.
  • adj. Unknown by name; obscure: the nameless dead.
  • adj. Not designated by name; anonymous: a nameless benefactor.
  • adj. Defying description; inexpressible: nameless horror.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not having a name; unnamed.
  • adj. Whose name is unknown; unidentified or obscure.
  • adj. anonymous
  • adj. Unable to be described or expressed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without a name; not having been given a name.
  • adj. Undistinguished; not noted or famous.
  • adj. Not known or mentioned by name; anonymous.
  • adj. Unnamable; indescribable; inexpressible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without a name; not distinguished by an appellation: as, a nameless star.
  • Not known to fame; obscure; ignoble; without pedigree or repute.
  • That cannot or should not be named: as, nameless crimes.
  • Inexpressible; indescribable; that cannot be specified or defined.
  • Anonymous: as, a nameless poet; a nameless artist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being or having an unknown or unnamed source

Etymologies

name +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The popularity of Harry Potter and other poorly written books that shall remain nameless is sad, especially when there are so many better books and authors * cough*Lili*cough*.

    Diminishing the Intellect of Cab Drivers

  • My copy editor who will remain nameless is very, very good.

    Double your money -free - two rants

  • It ` s like what they call the nameless, faceless people on the other end of the phone that you ` re more likely to lose your temper with, than someone you have to face again.

    CNN Transcript Nov 25, 2008

  • Morning, afternoon, at work -- like so many Mexican contractors I know who will remain nameless just in case a supervisor happens to read this.

    Morning Naps

  • At one point, when I was getting frustrated with a couple acts who will remain nameless, someone reminded me that this is the biggest night of their year, or their careers in some cases.

    Grammy performances push the envelope

  • I even had one reply (force shall remain nameless) who wanted clarification on what I meant by “Response Duties” & “Administerial Functions”.

    The Smooth And Efficient Running Of A Police Station « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • According to one reader, who for the sake of his career shall remain nameless, ecstasy tablets on Merseyside at the time owed their nickname to a piece of rhyming slang derived from the former Liverpool defender Gary Ablett.

    Which club started the most managers on the road to football success?

  • By contrast, the TV news producer I know (also libertarian) who shall remain nameless, who thought I was some sort of perv imagining things for detecting lesbian overtones in the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle, is just clueless.

    Unfunny = Racist

  • A friend who knows hotel deals and who must remain nameless comments on our proposed Convention Center hotel project that Starwood's apparent indifference to the prudence or lack thereof in the revenue forecasts for the project are probably based on the presence of something called a "non-disturbance agreement" in their deal with Metro.

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  • Someone else, who shall remain nameless, dispatched the firetrucks to that alarm.

    The fire alarm

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