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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fek-lis]
    • /ˈfɛk lɪs/
    • /ˈfek.ləs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fek-lis]
    • /ˈfɛk lɪs/

Definitions of feckless word

  • adjective feckless ineffective; incompetent; futile: feckless attempts to repair the plumbing. 1
  • adjective feckless having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy. 1
  • noun feckless Lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible. 1
  • adjective feckless ineffectual 1
  • adjective feckless person: idle, useless, irresponsible 1
  • adjective feckless If you describe someone as feckless, you mean that they lack determination or strength, and are unable to do anything properly. 0

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Origin of feckless

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; orig. Scots, equivalent to feck, late Middle English (Scots) fek, aphetic form of effeck (Scots form of effect) + -less

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Parts of speech for Feckless


feckless popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for feckless

adj feckless

  • aimless — A person or activity that is aimless has no clear purpose or plan.
  • carefree — A carefree person or period of time doesn't have or involve any problems, worries, or responsibilities.
  • careless — If you are careless, you do not pay enough attention to what you are doing, and so you make mistakes, or cause harm or damage.
  • feeble — physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.
  • fustian — a stout fabric of cotton and flax.

adjective feckless

  • spineless — having no spines or quills.
  • unreliable — not reliable; not to be relied or depended on.

Antonyms for feckless

adj feckless

  • competent — Someone who is competent is efficient and effective.
  • effectual — producing or capable of producing an intended effect; adequate.
  • efficient — (esp. of a system or machine) Achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.
  • purposeful — having a purpose.
  • useful — being of use or service; serving some purpose; advantageous, helpful, or of good effect: a useful member of society.

adjective feckless

  • dynamic — (of a process or system) Characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.

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