- likely to change, especially due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; casually changeable: fickle weather.
- not constant or loyal in affections: a fickle lover.
Origin of fickle
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Examples from the Web for fickle
Those of us who live here are a fickle bunch with fleeting attention spans.Catch Him If You Can: Reliving Banksy’s New York Invasion
November 14, 2014
This points the fickle finger of guilt at the White House itself.Before Ditching His Top Aides, Obama Should Look in the Mirror
Leslie H. Gelb
November 2, 2014
At the very least, the fickle and discerning moviegoer is getting a vibrant diagnosis: healthier than ever.Is the Summer Blockbuster Dead?
July 14, 2014
And sales, those tricky little figures so dependent on the wants and whims of a fickle public, were impeded for that very reason.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon
March 29, 2014
Plus, social media users are also notoriously trendy and fickle.Gaming the Twitter IPO
October 4, 2013
She did not understand the workings of Pee-wee's active and fickle mind.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Vere, Artois thought, might be violent, but would not be fickle.A Spirit in Prison
Of these the forms should be fixed, and not allowed to depend on the fickle breath of the multitude.Laws
It is a fickle ally at best, and to rely on its support is to lean on a split reed.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
It was all over, and he had to bear the loss of the fickle girl as best he might.
- changeable in purpose, affections, etc; capricious
Word Origin and History for fickle
c.1200, probably from Old English ficol "deceitful, cunning, tricky," related to befician "deceive," and to facen "deceit, treachery." Common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon fekan "deceit," Old High German feihhan "deceit, fraud, treachery"), from PIE *peig- "evil-minded, treacherous, hostile" (cf. Latin piget "it irks, troubles, displeases," piger "reluctant, lazy"). Sense of "changeable" is first recorded late 13c. Related: Fickleness.