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bootless

[ boot-lis ]
/ ˈbut lɪs /
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adjective

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

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Origin of bootless

before 1000; Middle English bot(e)les,Old English bōtlēas unpardonable. See boot2, -less

OTHER WORDS FROM bootless

boot·less·ly, adverbboot·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bootless

bootless
/ (ˈbuːtlɪs) /

adjective

of little or no use; vain; fruitlessa bootless search

Derived forms of bootless

bootlessly, adverb

Word Origin for bootless

Old English bōtlēas, from bōt compensation; Old Norse bótalauss
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