thankless

[ thangk-lis ]
/ ˈθæŋk lɪs /

adjective

not likely to be appreciated or rewarded; unappreciated: a thankless job.
not feeling or expressing gratitude or appreciation; ungrateful: a thankless child.

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CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH THESE WORDS FROM "LITTLE WOMEN"

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Origin of thankless

First recorded in 1530–40; thank + -less

OTHER WORDS FROM thankless

thank·less·ly, adverbthank·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for thankless

thankless
/ (ˈθæŋklɪs) /

adjective

receiving no thanks or appreciationa thankless job
ungratefula thankless pupil

Derived forms of thankless

thanklessly, adverbthanklessness, noun
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