hapless

[ hap-lis ]
/ ˈhæp lɪs /

adjective

unlucky; luckless; unfortunate.

Nearby words

  1. haphazardly,
  2. haphazardry,
  3. haphsiba,
  4. haphtarah,
  5. hapi,
  6. haplessly,
  7. haplite,
  8. haplo-,
  9. haplobiont,
  10. haplography

Origin of hapless

First recorded in 1560–70; hap1 + -less

Related formshap·less·ly, adverbhap·less·ness, noun

Can be confusedhapless haply happily

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British Dictionary definitions for hapless

hapless

/ (ˈhæplɪs) /

adjective

unfortunate; wretched
Derived Formshaplessly, adverbhaplessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for hapless

hapless

adj.

"unfortunate," c.1400, from hap (n.) in the sense "good luck" + -less. Related: Haplessly; haplessness.

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