shiftless


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shift·less

 (shĭft′lĭs)
adj.
1.
a. Lacking ambition or purpose; lazy: a shiftless student.
b. Characterized by a lack of ambition or energy: studied in a shiftless way.
2. Lacking resourcefulness or efficiency; incompetent.

[shift, expedient + -less.]

shift′less·ly adv.
shift′less·ness n.

shiftless

(ˈʃɪftlɪs)
adj
lacking in ambition or initiative
ˈshiftlessly adv
ˈshiftlessness n

shift•less

(ˈʃɪft lɪs)

adj.
1. lacking in resourcefulness; inefficient.
2. lazy.
[1555–65]
shift′less•ly, adv.
shift′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.shiftless - lacking or characterized by lack of ambition or initiative; lazy; "a shiftless student"; "studied in a shiftless way"
ambitionless, unambitious - having little desire for success or achievement

shiftless

shiftless

adjective
Resistant to exertion and activity:
Informal: do-nothing.
Idiom: bone lazy.
Translations
عَديم الحيلَه
línýneschopný
uduelig
élhetetlen
latur, duglaus
beceriksiz

shiftless

[ˈʃɪftlɪs] ADJholgazán, perezoso, flojo (esp LAm)

shiftless

[ˈʃɪftləs] adjfainéant(e)shift work ntravail m posté
to do shift work → faire les trois-huitshift worker ntravailleur/euse m/f posté(e)

shiftless

shiftless

[ˈʃɪftlɪs] adj a shiftless personun(a) inetto/a

shift

(ʃift) verb
1. to change (the) position or direction (of). We spent the whole evening shifting furniture around; The wind shifted to the west overnight.
2. to transfer. She shifted the blame on to me.
3. to get rid of. This detergent shifts stains.
noun
1. a change (of position etc). a shift of emphasis.
2. a group of people who begin work on a job when another group stop work. The night shift does the heavy work.
3. the period during which such a group works. an eight-hour shift; (also adjective) shift work.
ˈshiftless adjective
inefficient, lazy, or without a set purpose. He's rather shiftless – he's had four jobs in six months.
ˈshiftlessness noun
ˈshifty adjective
looking cunning and dishonest. I don't trust him – he has a very shifty look.
ˈshiftily adverb
ˈshiftiness noun
References in classic literature ?
Of these professional tramps a great many had, of course, been shiftless and vicious all their lives.
Don't you dare answer me back that imperdent way, Rebecca, tellin' me I'm mean; your father was a vain, foolish, shiftless man, an' you might as well hear it from me as anybody else; he spent your mother's money and left her with seven children to provide for.
It had never dawned upon him that this shiftless, thriftless, worthless, sponging parasite was yet, after and in spite of all, not mercenary in the issue of his thoughts; yet so it was.
The physician with his theory, rather obtained from than corrected by experiments on the human constitution; the pious, self- denying, laborious, and ill-paid missionary; the half-educated, litigious, envious, and disreputable lawyer, with his counterpoise, a brother of the profession, of better origin and of better character; the shiftless, bargaining, discontented seller of his “betterments;” the plausible carpenter, and most of the others, are more familiar to all who have ever dwelt in a new country.
To expand, without bothering about it--without shiftless timidity on one side, or loquacious eagerness on the other--to the full compass of what he would have called a "pleasant" experience, was Newman's most definite programme of life.
This going to hunt up her shiftless husband at the inn was one of Mrs Durbeyfield's still extant enjoyments in the muck and muddle of rearing children.
The community is eminently Portuguese--that is to say, it is slow, poor, shiftless, sleepy, and lazy.
Philip was interested in her shiftless life, and she made him laugh with the fantastic narration of her struggles.
What shiftless people they are--such a want of education,' thought Vasili Andreevich, and he felt like taking the drugget off the horse and putting it over Nikita, but it would be very cold to get out and move about and, moreover, the horse might freeze to death.
There was no reason why he should go out of his way to back up a shiftless party like me, yet he did, and made many things easy and safe that would have been confoundedly hard and dangerous if I 'd been left to myself.
She stirs up even the shiftless to toil; for a man grows eager to work when he considers his neighbour, a rich man who hastens to plough and plant and put his house in good order; and neighbour vies with is neighbour as he hurries after wealth.
Dress a scarecrow in your last shift, you standing shiftless by, who would not soonest salute the scarecrow?