- lacking in resourcefulness; inefficient; lazy.
- lacking in incentive, ambition, or aspiration.
Origin of shiftless
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1. slothful, careless, indolent.
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Examples from the Web for shiftless
A self-review of “Shiftless When Idle”: title—good; song—kinda.The Return of the Replacements: Here Comes a Regular
September 13, 2013
Third, he wants to turn America into a Euro-paradise for the shiftless and unmotivated.Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney’s Outside Pitch
January 11, 2012
The other side can't stand the idea of taking wealth from hard-working Us to shiftless and lazy Them.The Republican Frat-Boy Culture
March 28, 2010
You're about the laziest and most shiftless man I ever came across.Paul Prescott's Charge
Was she condemned to be altogether useless, shiftless, unprofitable?In a Little Town
Abner Dexter, on the other hand, was good-looking and shiftless.The Grammar School Boys of Gridley
H. Irving Hancock
But to have no time, no place, no order,—all going on in this shiftless way!Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
The village life abounds with jokers, Shiftless, conscienceless and shrewd.Prairie Folks
- lacking in ambition or initiative
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Word Origin and History for shiftless
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