Definition of hopeless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhōpləs/


1Feeling or causing despair about something: his situation was obviously hopeless Jessica looked at him in mute hopeless appeal
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  • That delicious uncertainty has been replaced by despairing, hopeless inevitability.
  • Finally, never leave the examination hall in despair, however hopeless things may seem.
  • In the light of the authorities to which I have already referred, that ground of appeal was clearly hopeless.
despairing, desperate, wretched, forlorn, pessimistic, defeatist, resigned;
dejected, downhearted, despondent, demoralized
archaic woebegone
irremediable, beyond hope, lost, beyond repair, irreparable, unfixable, irreversible;
helpless, incurable;
impossible, no-win, unwinnable, futile, unworkable, impracticable, useless
archaic bootless
2Inadequate; incompetent: I’m hopeless at names
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  • The staff were good on smiles and sartorial smartness, but fairly hopeless at actually doing what was required of them.
  • My problem was that I was brilliant at English but hopeless at maths.
  • When will governments learn they are hopeless at running businesses?
bad, awful, terrible, dreadful, horrible, atrocious;
inferior, incompetent, inadequate, unskilled
informal pathetic, useless, lousy, rotten

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Syllabification: hope·less

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