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fickle

[fik-uh l]
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adjective
  1. likely to change, especially due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; casually changeable: fickle weather.
  2. not constant or loyal in affections: a fickle lover.
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Origin of fickle

before 1000; Middle English fikel, Old English ficol deceitful, akin to fācen treachery, fician to deceive, gefic deception
Related formsfick·le·ness, nounun·fick·le, adjective

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1. unstable, unsteady, variable, capricious, fitful. 2. inconstant. 1, 2. Fickle, inconstant, capricious, vacillating describe persons or things that are not firm or steady in affection, behavior, opinion, or loyalty. Fickle implies an underlying perversity as a cause for the lack of stability: the fickle seasons, disappointing as often as they delight; once lionized, now rejected by a fickle public. Inconstant suggests an innate disposition to change: an inconstant lover, flitting from affair to affair. Capricious implies unpredictable changeability arising from sudden whim: a capricious administration constantly and inexplicably changing its signals; a capricious and astounding reversal of position. Vacillating means changeable due to lack of resolution or firmness: an indecisive, vacillating leader, apparently incapable of a sustained course of action.
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  • After all, some young men are not so fickle as others; but even if he's the ficklest, there is consolation.

    Desperate Remedies

    Thomas Hardy


British Dictionary definitions for ficklest

fickle

adjective
  1. changeable in purpose, affections, etc; capricious
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Derived Formsfickleness, noun

Word Origin

Old English ficol deceitful; related to fician to wheedle, befician to deceive
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Word Origin and History for ficklest

fickle

adj.

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.

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