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shiftless

[shift-lis] /ˈʃɪft lɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking in resourcefulness; inefficient; lazy.
2.
lacking in incentive, ambition, or aspiration.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; shift + -less
Related forms
shiftlessly, adverb
shiftlessness, noun
Synonyms
1. slothful, careless, indolent.
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British Dictionary definitions for shiftlessly

shiftless

/ˈʃɪftlɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking in ambition or initiative
Derived Forms
shiftlessly, adverb
shiftlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shiftlessly

shiftless

adj.

"wanting in resources or energy and ability to shift for oneself," 1580s, from shift (n.1) in the sense "resources" + -less. Related: Shiftlessly; shiftlessness.

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