fickle


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fick·le

 (fĭk′əl)
adj.
Characterized by erratic changeableness or instability, especially with regard to affections or attachments; capricious.

[Middle English fikel, from Old English ficol, deceitful.]

fick′le·ness n.
fick′ly adv.

fickle

(ˈfɪkəl)
adj
changeable in purpose, affections, etc; capricious
[Old English ficol deceitful; related to fician to wheedle, befician to deceive]
ˈfickleness n

fick•le

(ˈfɪk əl)

adj.
1. not constant or loyal in affections.
2. likely to change, esp. due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; casually changeable: fickle weather.
[before 1000; Middle English fikel, Old English ficol deceitful]
fick′le•ness, n.
syn: fickle, inconstant, capricious describe persons or things that are not firm or steady in affection, behavior, opinion, or loyalty. fickle implies an underlying perversity as a cause for the lack of stability: once lionized, now rejected by a fickle public. inconstant suggests an innate disposition to change: an inconstant lover, flitting from affair to affair. capricious implies unpredictable changeability arising from sudden whim: a capricious reversal of policy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fickle - marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments; "fickle friends"; "a flirt's volatile affections"
inconstant - likely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason; variable; "inconstant affections"; "an inconstant lover"; "swear not by...the inconstant moon"- Shakespeare
2.fickle - liable to sudden unpredictable changefickle - liable to sudden unpredictable change; "erratic behavior"; "fickle weather"; "mercurial twists of temperament"; "a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next"
changeful, changeable - such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change; "changeable behavior"; "changeable moods"; "changeable prices"

fickle

fickle

adjective
Translations
مُتَقَلِّب، غير مُسْتَقِر
nestálývrtošivý
ubeslutsom
ingatag
hverflyndur
nepastovumasnepastovus
mainīgsnepastāvīgssvārstīgs
gelgeç gönüllümaymun iştahlı

fickle

[ˈfɪkl] ADJinconstante, veleidoso, voluble

fickle

[ˈfɪkəl] adj
[person] → inconstant(e)
[weather] → changeant(e)

fickle

adjunbeständig, launenhaft; person alsowankelmütig; weather alsowechselhaft

fickle

[ˈfɪkl] adjincostante, volubile

fickle

(ˈfikl) adjective
always changing (one's mind, likes and dislikes etc). I think that they are fickle.
ˈfickleness noun
References in classic literature ?
As usual, the fickle, unreasoning world took Muff Potter to its bosom and fondled him as lavishly as it had abused him before.
I would suppose him,--Oh, how gladly would I suppose him, only fickle, very, very fickle.
Because this is to be asserted in general of men, that they are ungrateful, fickle, false, cowardly, covetous, and as long as you succeed they are yours entirely; they will offer you their blood, property, life, and children, as is said above, when the need is far distant; but when it approaches they turn against you.
Many girls might have been taken in, for never were such attentions; but I knew the fickle sex too well.
Whether it was that the children were fickle, or that they had acute senses, and felt that Anna was quite different that day from what she had been when they had taken such a fancy to her, that she was not now interested in them,--but they had abruptly dropped their play with their aunt, and their love for her, and were quite indifferent that she was going away.
Yet for all that, in thy coyness, And thy fickle fits between, Hope is there- at least the border Of her garment may be seen.
I did not make the acquaintance of Thackeray's books all at once, or even in rapid succession, and he at no time possessed the whole empire of my catholic, not to say, fickle, affections, during the years I was compassing a full knowledge and sense of his greatness, and burning incense at his shrine.
SHE would be no feather, blown about by every fickle wind of fancy.
Nothing however, is more fickle than such a resolution of the people.
yelled the fickle mob, who from jeering him were now his warm friends.
Of Prince John thou thinkest as I do; that he is too weak to be a determined monarch, too tyrannical to be an easy monarch, too insolent and presumptuous to be a popular monarch, and too fickle and timid to be long a monarch of any kind.
Still, the Tankadere was so light, and her fine sails caught the fickle zephyrs so well, that, with the aid of the currents John Bunsby found himself at six o'clock not more than ten miles from the mouth of Shanghai River.