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 ?
Not, always; but sometimes they don't know their own mind-- particularly if they are very young; and when they do at last, you clever creatures of men, who have interpreted their ignorance to please yourselves, abuse them for being fickle.
An icy horror of loneliness seized him; he saw himself standing apart and watching all the world fade away from him--a world of shadows, of fickle dreams.
Adolph and Rosa had arranged the chamber; volatile, fickle and childish, as they generally were, they were soft-hearted and full of feeling; and, while Miss Ophelia presided over the general details of order and neatness, it was their hands that added those soft, poetic touches to the arrangements, that took from the death-room the grim and ghastly air which too often marks a New England funeral.
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.
Either to disinthrone the King of Heav'n We warr, if warr be best, or to regain Our own right lost: him to unthrone we then May hope, when everlasting Fate shall yeild To fickle Chance, and CHAOS judge the strife: The former vain to hope argues as vain The latter: for what place can be for us Within Heav'ns bound, unless Heav'ns Lord supream We overpower?
Of this fickle temper he gave a memorable example in Ireland, when sent thither by his father, Henry the Second, with the purpose of buying golden opinions of the inhabitants of that new and important acquisition to the English crown.
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.
yelled the fickle mob, who from jeering him were now his warm friends.
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.
His warm and fickle imagination, which in Gascony had rendered formidable to young chambermaids, and even sometimes their mistresses, had never dreamed, even in moments of delirium, of half the amorous wonders or a quarter of the feats of gallantry which were here set forth in connection with names the best known and with details the least concealed.
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.