Definition of hapless in English:

hapless

Syllabification: hap·less
Pronunciation: /ˈhaplis
 
/

adjective

(Especially of a person) unfortunate: if you’re one of the many hapless car buyers who’ve been shafted
More example sentences
  • It is not merely hapless tourists that are suffering in this unstable climate.
  • For the professor, taking care of these hapless children has remained a life long passion.
  • After all, failure to do so could leave them as hapless bystanders in a game of musical chairs which may be nearing its climax.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from hap (in the early sense 'good fortune') + -less.

Derivatives

haplessly

adverb
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  • Dealing with conflicting interests makes it into a mass of nervous ticks, quirks and foibles, lurching haplessly hither and yon in an anxious sweat, shouting ‘Like me!’
  • AMONG SERIOUS kayakers, the very words ‘sit-on-top kayak’ elicit visions of tourists haplessly paddling rental boats in dismal circles on man-made lakes.
  • From the costumes of the patrons and the protestors to the ersatz Mariachi band (presumably a tip of the hat to Kahlo) strumming haplessly to patrons within the fenced in compound, costumes were the flavour of the night.

haplessness

noun
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  • But they simultaneously helped to elevate the intellectual tone of the early stages of the primary season and to provide inadvertent entertainment through the haplessness of their candidacies.
  • Anger shone through, Thom didn't even bother re-writing the lyrics for ‘Go to Sleep’, they appear as he penned them - haplessness dipped in blood.
  • The chaos of the film is summed up by the situation the writer of the screenplay (played with brilliant haplessness by Phillip Seymour Hoffman) finds himself in.

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