shiftlessness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shiftlessness - a failure to be active as a consequence of lack of initiative or ambition
indolence, laziness - inactivity resulting from a dislike of work

shiftlessness

noun
The quality or state of being lazy:
Informal: do-nothingism.
Translations
عَدَم وُجود الحيلَه
bezmocnost
uduelighed
élhetetlenség
leti, dugleysi
nešikovnosť
beceriksizlik

shiftlessness

[ˈʃɪftlɪsnɪs] Nholgazanería f, pereza f, flojera (esp LAm) f

shiftlessness

shiftlessness

[ˈʃɪftlɪsnɪs] ninettitudine f

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 ?
But the very shiftlessness of the household rendered the misfortune a less terrifying one to them than it would have been to a thriving family, though in the present case it meant ruin, and in the other it would only have meant inconvenience.
1577 his prosperity declined, apparently through his own shiftlessness, and for many years he was harassed with legal difficulties.
The great sin of sins, in her eyes,--the sum of all evils,--was expressed by one very common and important word in her vocabulary--"shiftlessness." Her finale and ultimatum of contempt consisted in a very emphatic pronunciation of the word "shiftless;" and by this she characterized all modes of procedure which had not a direct and inevitable relation to accomplishment of some purpose then definitely had in mind.
That is shiftlessness. There is a plenty of such chairs as I like best in the village garrets to be had for taking them away.
The Irish were viewed as vying with "the Russian Jews [...] for the distinction of living in the most lurid squalor [...] out of a mixture of discouragement and apparent shiftlessness" (Baker, 1939/2013, p.
We tend to believe that 'laziness' and 'shiftlessness' are 'qualities' that 'inhere' in Negroes.
Is it then that "the brilliance of Greek civilization was predicated in part upon the shiftlessness of its population" (199)?
But beneath all of that lazy shiftlessness are young, untapped,
She sees the visible evidence of the Elphberg "strain" in Rudolf Rassendyll as an indicator of his "natural" tendency toward shiftlessness and the kind of (implied) loose morality that caused a blot on the family escutcheon in the first place.
It results in time and money waste, reduced productivity, easy money laundry, and shiftlessness.
In the eyes of relief administrators, "the unemployed married man represented stability, maturity and responsibility." The unemployed single man, in contrast, "represented shiftlessness, youthfulness and potential danger; he was restless--riding the rods, living in makeshift jungles, or begging on back doorsteps." (58)
"To Cash, Sherley, who was four years younger, was living proof of redemption, which is why he spent months lobbying California prison authorities to grant Sherley a parole," writes Hilburn, noting that the singer "had met the man for only a few minutes." Helping to win the release of his very own Hurricane Carter, Cash experienced Sherley's shiftlessness and psychopathic behavior when he brought the untalented musician on tour.