Definition of thankless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈTHaNGkləs/


1(Of a job or task) difficult or unpleasant and not likely to bring one pleasure or the appreciation of others.
Example sentences
  • But there can be no doubt that the four people at the head of the district's winter service are dedicated professionals performing a more often than not thankless task in difficult circumstances.
  • The Vehicle Inspectorate does a difficult and thankless task extremely well and that is the reason that we drive some of the safest cars in the world.
  • I'm sure that creating such a list is a difficult and thankless task, but including albums that had simply been recorded in Philly made the list a lot less meaningful to me.
unenviable, difficult, unpleasant, unrewarding;
unappreciated, unrecognized, unacknowledged
1.1(Of a person) not expressing or feeling gratitude.
Example sentences
  • Beware of a presumptuous and thankless person who tends to take advantage of your good nature.
  • I sat the thankless wretch down, and asked him what he wanted out of life.
  • In that thankless sister role, Bernier manages some winning moments.



Example sentences
  • In scores of our coastal communities, efficiencies have been realized, sacrifices have been accepted silently, and new and unwelcome responsibilities have been shouldered thanklessly.
  • They've all been quietly, thanklessly doing this for years.
  • This document has been designed to bestow some dignity on those who toil thanklessly in the vineyards of art.


Example sentences
  • Most umpires recognise the thanklessness of their task and live in the knowledge that they will often be judged by their mistakes rather than successes.
  • I saw my mum's health suffer from stress-related conditions and the thanklessness of the work.
  • He describes the thanklessness and insecurity of the job, and the rivalries inside and outside newspaper offices.

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Syllabification: thank·less

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