[ fek-lis ]
/ ˈfɛk lɪs /


ineffective; incompetent; futile: feckless attempts to repair the plumbing.
having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy.

Origin of feckless

1590–1600; orig. Scots, equivalent to feck, late Middle English (Scots) fek, aphetic form of effeck (Scots form of effect) + -less
Related formsfeck·less·ly, adverbfeck·less·ness, noun
Can be confusedfeckless reckless
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British Dictionary definitions for feckless


/ (ˈfɛklɪs) /


feeble; weak; ineffectual; irresponsible

Derived Formsfecklessly, adverbfecklessness, noun

Word Origin for feckless

C16: from obsolete feck value, effect + -less
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