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Being without advantage or benefit; useless. See Synonyms at futile.

[boot + -less.]

boot′less·ly adv.


of little or no use; vain; fruitless: a bootless search.
[Old English bōtlēas, from bōt compensation; Old Norse bótalauss]
ˈbootlessly adv


(ˈbut lɪs)

unavailing; useless.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English bōtlēas unpardonable]
boot′less•ly, adv.
boot′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bootless - unproductive of success; "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"
unproductive - not producing or capable of producing; "elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"




adj (liter)nutzlos, eitel (liter)
References in classic literature ?
"Pat is dead," said the Story Girl hopelessly, as we returned one evening from a bootless quest to Andrew Cowan's where a strange gray cat had been reported--a cat which turned out to be a yellowish brown nondescript, with no tail to speak of.
"Well!" said that good-natured emissary, after a full half-hour of bootless attempts to bring him round to the question.
And what would their parents think of me, if they saw or heard the children rioting, hatless, bonnetless, gloveless, and bootless, in the deep soft snow?
"Religion, my son, be a bootless subject for argument between friends," replied the priest, "and further, there be that nearer my heart just now which I would ask thee.
He would like to have done with life and its vanity altogether--so bootless and unsatisfactory the struggle, so cheerless and dreary the prospect seemed to him.
Be wise, Beaumanoir, and make no bootless opposition Thy hand is in the lion's mouth.''
The oath he swore was bootless, but it made Dolon more keen on going.
There is no question that this bootless and sordid affair must be brought to an immediate end.
He will go there, play against South Africa - good news for Senegal - then he needs real recovery after that, so if you know the coach please tell him!" Klopp has revealed how a late reshuffle saw Jordan Henderson ruled out of Liverpool's win at West Ham - and a bootless Gini Wijnaldum recalled!
I was ready to "trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries."
That's not to say the CIA effort was bootless. Run from secret operations centers in Turkey and Jordan, the program pumped many hundreds of millions of dollars to many dozens of militia groups.