shiftless

[shift-lis]
adjective
1.
lacking in resourcefulness; inefficient; lazy.
2.
lacking in incentive, ambition, or aspiration.

Origin:
1555–65; shift + -less

shiftlessly, adverb
shiftlessness, noun


1. slothful, careless, indolent.
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shiftless (ˈʃɪftlɪs)
 
adj
lacking in ambition or initiative
 
'shiftlessly
 
adv
 
'shiftlessness
 
n

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Example sentences
We mean the rowdy and shiftless element that might drift among us.
From some of the new arrivals comes the retort that the natives are shiftless and obsessed with past injustices.
Out of such impressions sprang the myth of a romantic mission past contrasted with a squalid and shiftless present.
Investigation failed to disclose who was to blame for the shiftless work that baa been done.
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