hapless

[ hap-lis ]
/ ˈhæp lɪs /

adjective

unlucky; luckless; unfortunate.

Origin of hapless

First recorded in 1560–70; hap1 + -less

Related forms

hap·less·ly, adverbhap·less·ness, noun

Can be confused

hapless haply happily
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British Dictionary definitions for hapless

hapless

/ (ˈhæplɪs) /

adjective

unfortunate; wretched

Derived Forms

haplessly, adverbhaplessness, noun
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