Definition of fickle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪk(ə)l/


Changing frequently, especially as regards one’s loyalties or affections: celebs trying to appeal to an increasingly fickle public
More example sentences
  • Rock music is a harsh world, presided over by a fickle, unforgiving public.
  • Now the impression is of a fickle politician who has lots of ideas but no staying power to see them through.
  • Holidaymakers are a fickle lot, and the next time they might just stay away once and for all.
capricious, changeable, variable, volatile, mercurial, vacillating, fitful, irregular;
inconstant, disloyal, undependable, unstable, unsteady, unfaithful, faithless;
irresolute, flighty, giddy, skittish, erratic, impulsive;
unpredictable, random
informal blowing hot and cold
technical labile
literary mutable



Example sentences
  • A boss will hire a foreign visa worker, then fickly "let him go" during the probationary period.
  • Introduced more than 40 years ago, the Chevy Malibu has endured numerous body style changes and consumers' fickly buying patterns.


Old English ficol 'deceitful', of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with fickle

chicle, mickle, nickel, pickle, prickle, sickle, strickle, tickle, trickle

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