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shiftless

[ shift-lis ]
/ ˈʃɪft lɪs /
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adjective

lacking in resourcefulness; inefficient; lazy.
lacking in incentive, ambition, or aspiration.

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Origin of shiftless

First recorded in 1555–65; shift + -less

OTHER WORDS FROM shiftless

shift·less·ly, adverbshift·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for shiftless

shiftless
/ (ˈʃɪftlɪs) /

adjective

lacking in ambition or initiative

Derived forms of shiftless

shiftlessly, adverbshiftlessness, noun
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