fickle

[ fik-uhl ]
/ ˈfɪk əl /

adjective

likely to change, especially due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; casually changeable: fickle weather.
not constant or loyal in affections: a fickle lover.

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Origin of fickle

First recorded before 1000; Middle English fikel, Old English ficol “deceitful,” akin to fācen “treachery,” (be)fician “to deceive,” fǣcne “deceitful,” gefic “deception”

synonym study for fickle

1, 2. Fickle, inconstant, capricious, vacillating describe persons or things that are not firm or steady in affection, behavior, opinion, or loyalty. Fickle implies an underlying perversity as a cause for the lack of stability: the fickle seasons, disappointing as often as they delight; once lionized, now rejected by a fickle public. Inconstant suggests an innate disposition to change: an inconstant lover, flitting from affair to affair. Capricious implies unpredictable changeability arising from sudden whim: a capricious administration constantly and inexplicably changing its signals; a capricious and astounding reversal of position. Vacillating means changeable due to lack of resolution or firmness: an indecisive, vacillating leader, apparently incapable of a sustained course of action.

OTHER WORDS FROM fickle

fick·le·ness, nounun·fick·le, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fickle

fickle
/ (ˈfɪkəl) /

adjective

changeable in purpose, affections, etc; capricious

Derived forms of fickle

fickleness, noun

Word Origin for fickle

Old English ficol deceitful; related to fician to wheedle, befician to deceive
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