- without result, gain, or advantage; unavailing; useless.
Origin of bootless
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Examples from the Web for bootless
The Democrats sensibly blamed the feckless, bootless Bush administration for the collapse of the markets.GOP R.I.P.
April 10, 2009
And he recalled his own bootless wickedness and underhand intrigues.The Fortune of the Rougons
"But he's gone on a bootless errand, I tell ye," continued Mrs. Garth.The Shadow of a Crime
I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers.Merchant of Venice.An Old Sailor's Yarns
"'Tis possible—nay, probable—that this is a bootless quest," said I dejectedly.The O'Ruddy
The matter is such a commonplace of history that it is bootless to labour it here.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
- of little or no use; vain; fruitlessa bootless search
Old English bōtlēas, from bōt compensation; Old Norse bótalauss
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Word Origin and History for bootless
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