bootlessly

bootless

[boot-lis]
adjective
without result, gain, or advantage; unavailing; useless.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English bot(e)les, Old English bōtlēas unpardonable. See boot2, -less

bootlessly, adverb
bootlessness, noun
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bootless (ˈbuːtlɪs)
 
adj
of little or no use; vain; fruitless: a bootless search
 
[Old English bōtlēas, from bōt compensation; Old Norse bótalauss]
 
'bootlessly
 
adv

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bootless
late O.E. botleas "unpardonable, not to be atoned for," from boot (2) + -less.
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