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[boot-lis] /ˈbut lɪs/
without result, gain, or advantage; unavailing; useless.
Origin of bootless
before 1000; Middle English bot(e)les, Old English bōtlēas unpardonable. See boot2, -less
Related forms
bootlessly, adverb
bootlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • The Democrats sensibly blamed the feckless, bootless Bush administration for the collapse of the markets.

    GOP R.I.P. John Batchelor April 9, 2009
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British Dictionary definitions for bootless


of little or no use; vain; fruitless: a bootless search
Derived Forms
bootlessly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English bōtlēas, from bōt compensation; Old Norse bótalauss
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Word Origin and History for bootless

"lacking boots," late 14c., from boot (n.1) + -less.

late Old English botleas "unpardonable, not to be atoned for, without help or remedy," from boot (n.2) + -less. Meaning "useless, unprofitable" is from early 15c.

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