Definition of fickle in English:


Syllabification: fick·le
Pronunciation: /ˈfik(ə)l


Changing frequently, especially as regards one’s loyalties, interests, or affection: Web patrons are a notoriously fickle lot, bouncing from one site to another on a whim the weather is forever fickle
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.
inconstant, undependable, unsteady, unfaithful, faithless, flighty, giddy, skittish;
technical labile
literary mutable


Old English ficol 'deceitful'.



Pronunciation: /ˈfik(ə)lē/
More 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.

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