bootless vs sleeveless what difference

what is difference between bootless and sleeveless


Etymology 1

From boot +‎ -less.


bootless (not comparable)

  1. Without boots.

Etymology 2

From Middle English boteles, botles, from Old English bōtlēas; equivalent to boot (profit; use; behoof) +‎ -less. Doublet of botleas.

Alternative forms

  • boteless


bootless (comparative more bootless, superlative most bootless)

  1. Profitless; pointless; unavailing.
    • 1592–1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet XXIX:
      When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, / I all alone beweep my outcast state / And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries


  • fruitless

Derived terms

  • bootlessly
  • bootlessness



Alternative forms

  • sleaveless


From Middle English slevelees, sleveles, from Old English slīeflēas (sleeveless), equivalent to sleeve +‎ -less.


sleeveless (not comparable)

  1. Of a garment, having no sleeves.
  2. (obsolete) Wanting a cover, pretext, or palliation; unreasonable; profitless; useless.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, V. iv. 8:
      might send that Greekish / whore-masterly villain with the sleeve back to the / dissembling luxurious drab of a sleeveless errand.
    • 1738-1741, William Warburton, The Divine Legation of Moses Demonstrated
    The vexation of a sleeveless errand.


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