Definition of shiftless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪftləs/


Characterized by laziness, indolence, and a lack of ambition: a shiftless lot of good-for-nothings
More example sentences
  • Anyone who believes that unions serve a function in this day and age is a lazy, good-for-nothing, shiftless shirker.
  • ‘I think immigrants think we're lazy, shiftless, good-for-nothing,’ she says.
  • I could have said her son the no good, lazy, shiftless shyster but I'm in a mood to be nice today.
lazy, idle, indolent, slothful, lethargic, lackadaisical;
spiritless, apathetic, improvident, aimless, worthless, feckless, good-for-nothing, ne'er-do-well;
inefficient, incompetent, inept, unambitious, unenterprising



Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪftləsli/
Example sentences
  • I've come to the realization that I more or less float shiftlessly from one idea or desire to the next.
  • His characters tend to be laid back and fairly at ease, meandering shiftlessly and still accomplishing something.
  • As a mid-level bureaucrat in the provincial civil service, ‘I was aimlessly and shiftlessly moving along in my life working for the province,’ he recalls.


Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪftləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • There have been suicides passed off as accidents and shiftlessness indulgently termed wanderlust.
  • When he was still in his 20s, a steady descent into corpulence, shiftlessness and defensive irony began.
  • So our nation, through shiftlessness and lack of interest, is losing the war on cancer.

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