thankless


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thank·less

 (thăngk′lĭs)
adj.
1. Not feeling or showing gratitude; ungrateful.
2. Not likely to be appreciated: a thankless job.

thank′less·ly adv.
thank′less·ness n.

thankless

(ˈθæŋklɪs)
adj
1. receiving no thanks or appreciation: a thankless job.
2. ungrateful: a thankless pupil.
ˈthanklessly adv
ˈthanklessness n

thank•less

(ˈθæŋk lɪs)

adj.
1. not likely to be appreciated or rewarded: a thankless job.
2. not feeling or expressing gratitude; ungrateful: a thankless child.
[1530–40]
thank′less•ly, adv.
thank′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.thankless - not feeling or showing gratitudethankless - not feeling or showing gratitude; "ungrateful heirs"; "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is / To have a thankless child!"- Shakespeare
2.thankless - not likely to be rewardedthankless - not likely to be rewarded; "grading papers is a thankless task"
unrewarding - not rewarding; not providing personal satisfaction

thankless

adjective unrewarding, unappreciated Soccer referees have a thankless task.
rewarding

thankless

adjective
1. Not showing or feeling gratitude:
2. Not apt to be appreciated:
Translations
غَيْر مَمنون، غَيْر شاكِر
nevděčný
utaknemmelig
vanòakklátur
iyilikten anlamaznankör

thankless

[ˈθæŋklɪs] ADJ (= unrewarding, ungrateful) → ingrato

thankless

[ˈθæŋkləs] adjingrat(e)
it's a thankless task → c'est une tâche ingrate

thankless

adjundankbar; a thankless taskeine undankbare Aufgabe

thankless

[ˈθæŋklɪs] adj (unrewarding, task) → ingrato/a

thank

(θӕŋk) verb
to express appreciation or gratitude to (someone) for a favour, service, gift etc. He thanked me for the present; She thanked him for inviting her.
ˈthankful adjective
grateful; relieved and happy. He was thankful that the journey was over; a thankful sigh.
ˈthankfully adverb
ˈthankfulness noun
ˈthankless adjective
for which no-one is grateful. Collecting taxes is a thankless task.
ˈthanklessly adverb
ˈthanklessness noun
thanks noun plural
expression(s) of gratitude. I really didn't expect any thanks for helping them.
interjection
thank you. Thanks (very much) for your present; Thanks a lot!; No, thanks; Yes, thanks.
ˈthanksgiving noun
the act of giving thanks, especially to God, eg in a church service. a service of thanksgiving.
Thanksˈgiving noun
(also Thanksgiving Day) in the United States, a special day (the fourth Thursday in November) for giving thanks to God.
thanks to
because of. Thanks to the bad weather, our journey was very uncomfortable.
thank you
I thank you. Thank you (very much) for your present; No, thank you.
References in classic literature ?
She was unanimously elected assistant editor of the Wareham School Pilot, being the first girl to assume that enviable, though somewhat arduous and thankless position, and when her maiden number went to the Cobbs, uncle Jerry and aunt Sarah could hardly eat or sleep for pride.
This state of things should have been to me a paradise of peace, accustomed as I was to a life of ceaseless reprimand and thankless fagging; but, in fact, my racked nerves were now in such a state that no calm could soothe, and no pleasure excite them agreeably.
Of all the domestic disasters which the thankless theatrical enterprise had inflicted on the Marrable family, the crowning misfortune was now consummated by Magdalen's success.
I am not thankless, I hope, but that dreadful woman seems to throw a shadow on me and on all my hopes.
That night I knew he had a false and thankless heart.
cried Miss Havisham, bitterly; "Look at her, so hard and thankless, on the hearth where she was reared
Nay, but,'' said Isaac, insisting, ``they will deem us more thankless than mere dogs
I called her cruel, ungrateful, false, thankless, but above all covetous, since the wealth of my enemy had blinded the eyes of her affection, and turned it from me to transfer it to one to whom fortune had been more generous and liberal.
Lonely and sleepless I think of my thankless Master, and vainly would Cradle my sorrow.
Then little Clover bowed her head, While her soft tears fell like dew; For her gentle heart was grieved, to find That her sisters' words were true, And the insect she had watched so long When helpless, poor, and lone, Thankless for all her faithful care, On his golden wings had flown.
I may work, it will do no good," I growled; but nevertheless I drew out a packet of letters and commenced my task--task thankless and bitter as that of the Israelite crawling over the sun-baked fields of Egypt in search of straw and stubble wherewith to accomplish his tale of bricks.
Everybody at all addicted to letter-writing, without having much to say, which will include a large proportion of the female world at least, must feel with Lady Bertram that she was out of luck in having such a capital piece of Mansfield news as the certainty of the Grants going to Bath, occur at a time when she could make no advantage of it, and will admit that it must have been very mortifying to her to see it fall to the share of her thankless son, and treated as concisely as possible at the end of a long letter, instead of having it to spread over the largest part of a page of her own.