- 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 shiftlessness
He cannot be severely censured when their shiftlessness is borne in mind.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Shiftlessness is a fine art with them, they've carried it so far.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
The same evidence of shiftlessness could be seen on every hand.Crooked Trails and Straight
William MacLeod Raine
Shiftlessness was one of several thousand things with which she had no patience.Local Color
Irvin S. Cobb
Elim paused with an impatient snort at this exhibition of shiftlessness.The Happy End
- lacking in ambition or initiative
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Word Origin and History for shiftlessness
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