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[thangk-lis] /ˈθæŋk lɪs/
not likely to be appreciated or rewarded; unappreciated:
a thankless job.
not feeling or expressing gratitude or appreciation; ungrateful:
a thankless child.
Origin of thankless
1530-40; thank + -less
Related forms
thanklessly, adverb
thanklessness, noun
1. unacknowledged, vain, unrewarding, profitless. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for thankless
  • It's a thankless task for which they get little approval and a lot of criticism, and they're all working themselves out of a job.
  • But finding a big enough base camp for everyone can be a thankless task.
  • For some, it means working two thankless jobs to get food on the table.
  • He has been a consistent performer at a thankless position.
  • Deadline reports the thankless task of re-writing the tale of an escaped government.
  • Must be a thankless job judging car designs since it's obviously a subjective exercise.
  • The task is thankless: anti-doping agencies thwart one cheating strategy, only for another to emerge.
  • If you do complete a task and report on it, people remember that you did it, and they'll appoint you to more thankless work.
  • None of that changes the fact that it's basically a tiresome, tedious, thankless job.
  • But the rest of the work is extensive and thankless.
British Dictionary definitions for thankless


receiving no thanks or appreciation: a thankless job
ungrateful: a thankless pupil
Derived Forms
thanklessly, adverb
thanklessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thankless

"likely to not be rewarded with thanks," 1540s, from thank + -less. Related: Thanklessly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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