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bootless

[ boot-lis ]

adjective

  1. without result, gain, or advantage; unavailing; useless.


bootless

/ ˈbuːtlɪs /

adjective

  1. of little or no use; vain; fruitless

    a bootless search



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Derived Forms

  • ˈbootlessly, adverb
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Other Words From

  • bootless·ly adverb
  • bootless·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of bootless1

before 1000; Middle English bot ( e ) les, Old English bōtlēas unpardonable. See boot 2, -less
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Word History and Origins

Origin of bootless1

Old English bōtlēas , from bōt compensation; Old Norse bótalauss
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Example Sentences

The Democrats sensibly blamed the feckless, bootless Bush administration for the collapse of the markets.

A bootless voyage they were making, since the fair had been abruptly broken up at its outset.

We scarcely dared to whisper, or to tip-toe across the workshop on bootless feet.

Bootless, hatless, and coatless men often dashed to assembly sounded by the “thump, thump of the big drums.”

Many slips and falls had they on the frozen ice and slippery roads; yet was it all but a bootless chace.

How success in that enterprise might have suggested or shaped a further course of aggression, it is now bootless to conjecture.

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