[ froot-lis ]
/ ˈfrut lɪs /


useless; unproductive; without results or success: a fruitless search for the missing treasure.
bearing no fruit; barren.

Origin of fruitless

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at fruit, -less
Related formsfruit·less·ly, adverbfruit·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fruitless


/ (ˈfruːtlɪs) /


yielding nothing or nothing of value; unproductive; ineffectual
without fruit
Derived Formsfruitlessly, adverbfruitlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fruitless



mid-14c., "unprofitable," from fruit + -less. Meaning "barren, sterile" is from 1510s. Related: Fruitlessly.

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