not likely to be appreciated or rewarded; unappreciated: a thankless job.
not feeling or expressing gratitude or appreciation; ungrateful: a thankless child.
- thank·less·ly, adverb
- thank·less·ness, noun
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How to use thankless in a sentence
That quality—exercised in regular trips around TfL’s network to meet Londoners—has powered him through a career in the often thankless task of being the face of city transit systems.Can Public Transit Survive the Pandemic? London's New Transport Commissioner Wants You to Believe It Can | Ciara Nugent/London | April 2, 2021 | Time
The thankless, high-risk work EMTs and paramedics do is often called a “calling” because it makes no sense.The Heartbreak and Horror of Being an EMT During the Pandemic—and Why I'm Still Working | Jennifer Murphy | March 30, 2021 | Time
Digital ads dollars rule the decision making process, social media teams are stretched thin and minimal support often makes for a thankless job, according to social media managers.‘Always on trauma machine’: Social media managers grapple with burnout, leaving the industry | Kimeko McCoy | January 13, 2021 | Digiday
Then there was Veteran’s Affairs, but that’s the dead-end of Cabinet positions — a thankless and also impossible job.
We have a thankless job that no one understands and they don’t think they should pay us very well for.‘More petty fights between tech titans’: Confessions of a media buyer on Apple vs. Facebook, Google lawsuits | Kristina Monllos | December 18, 2020 | Digiday
Law-enforcement agencies at all levels of government provide a valuable and often thankless public service in their communities.
But it serves no one to perpetuate the idea that parenting is supposed to be an agonizing and thankless slog.Ad's Message to Moms: If You Don’t Think Parenting Sucks, You’re Doing it Wrong | Andy Hinds | April 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hosting the show really is the most thankless—and one of the most trying—jobs in showbiz, but DeGeneres did a helluva job.Surprise! Ellen DeGeneres is the Best Oscars Host in a Decade | Marlow Stern | March 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ryan's job is thankless, although he is thanked a lot by others.
Murmelstein was stuck with a thankless and impossible job, caught between the hammer and the anvil, as he tells us.Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’ | Jimmy So | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The imperial army had to be disbanded—a most unpopular and thankless task, requiring both tact and firmness.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
What could she be about when, with London a thankless void, she was of course not paying visits?The Tragic Muse | Henry James
His heart swells, and he longs to embrace the thankless Church to which he writes.Expositor's Bible: The Second Epistle to the Corinthians | James Denney
But he thought of this taciturn savage, how he had capped thankless service with rarest sacrifice.Where the Pavement Ends | John Russell
But, if there is a thankless task, it is that of examining the erect image in children from two to three years of age.Schweigger on Squint | C. Schweigger
British Dictionary definitions for thankless
receiving no thanks or appreciation: a thankless job
ungrateful: a thankless pupil
- thanklessly, adverb
- thanklessness, noun
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