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shiftless

[shift-lis] /ˈʃɪft lɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking in resourcefulness; inefficient; lazy.
2.
lacking in incentive, ambition, or aspiration.
Origin of shiftless
1555-1565
First recorded in 1555-65; shift + -less
Related forms
shiftlessly, adverb
shiftlessness, noun
Synonyms
1. slothful, careless, indolent.
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  • You're about the laziest and most shiftless man I ever came across.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • Was she condemned to be altogether useless, shiftless, unprofitable?

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Abner Dexter, on the other hand, was good-looking and shiftless.

  • 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 Hamlin Garland
  • Am I responsible for those too shiftless to fend for themselves?

  • If we are idle and shiftless by choice, we shall be nerveless and powerless by necessity.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
British Dictionary definitions for shiftless

shiftless

/ˈʃɪftlɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking in ambition or initiative
Derived Forms
shiftlessly, adverb
shiftlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shiftless
adj.

"wanting in resources or energy and ability to shift for oneself," 1580s, from shift (n.1) in the sense "resources" + -less. Related: Shiftlessly; shiftlessness.

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