Shiftlessly
Shiftless Shift"less, a. Destitute of expedients, or not using successful expedients; characterized by failure, especially by failure to provide for one's own support, through negligence or incapacity; hence, lazy; improvident; thriftless; as, a shiftless fellow; shiftless management. -- {Shift"less*ly}, adv. -- {Shift"less*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • shiftlessly — adverb see shiftless …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shiftlessly — See shiftless. * * * …   Universalium

  • shiftlessly — adverb In a shiftless manner …   Wiktionary

  • shiftlessly — adv. in a lazy manner, without ambition; without resourcefulness, inefficiently …   English contemporary dictionary

  • shiftlessly — shift·less·ly …   English syllables

  • shiftlessly — adverb see shiftless * * * shiftˈlessly adverb • • • Main Entry: ↑shift …   Useful english dictionary

  • shiftless — shiftlessly, adv. shiftlessness, n. /shift lis/, adj. 1. lacking in resourcefulness; inefficient; lazy. 2. lacking in incentive, ambition, or aspiration. [1555 65; SHIFT + LESS] Syn. 1. slothful, careless, indolent. * * * …   Universalium

  • shiftless — adjective Etymology: shift (resourcefulness) Date: 1584 1. lacking in resourcefulness ; inefficient 2. lacking in ambition or incentive ; lazy < shiftless freeloaders > • shiftlessly adverb • shiftlessness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shiftlessness — See shiftlessly. * * * …   Universalium

  • shiftless — (adj.) wanting in resources, 1580s, from SHIFT (Cf. shift) (n.) + LESS (Cf. less). Related: Shiftlessly; shiftlessness …   Etymology dictionary

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