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

Origin of bootless

before 1000; Middle English bot(e)les, Old English bōtlēas unpardonable. See boot2, -less
Related formsboot·less·ly, adverbboot·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bootless

Contemporary Examples of bootless

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

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    GOP R.I.P.

    John Batchelor

    April 10, 2009

Historical Examples of bootless

British Dictionary definitions for bootless



of little or no use; vain; fruitlessa bootless search
Derived Formsbootlessly, adverb

Word Origin for bootless

Old English bōtlēas, from bōt compensation; Old Norse bótalauss
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Word Origin and History for bootless

late Old English botleas "unpardonable, not to be atoned for, without help or remedy," from boot (n.2) + -less. Meaning "useless, unprofitable" is from early 15c.


"lacking boots," late 14c., from boot (n.1) + -less.

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