shiftless

[ shift-lis ]
/ ˈʃɪft lɪs /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. shiftable,
  2. shifter,
  3. shifting,
  4. shifting cultivation,
  5. shifting spanner,
  6. shiftlessly,
  7. shiftwork,
  8. shifty,
  9. shiga-kruse bacillus,
  10. shigella

Origin of shiftless

First recorded in 1555–65; shift + -less

Related formsshift·less·ly, adverbshift·less·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for shiftlessness

shiftless

/ (ˈʃɪftlɪs) /

adjective

lacking in ambition or initiative
Derived Formsshiftlessly, adverbshiftlessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for shiftlessness

shiftless

adj.

"wanting in resources or energy and ability to shift for oneself," 1580s, from shift (n.1) in the sense "resources" + -less. Related: Shiftlessly; shiftlessness.

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