adjective Date: 14th century having no luck ; unfortunatehaplessly adverbhaplessness noun

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  • Hapless — Hap less (h[a^]p l[e^]s), a. Without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy; as, hapless youth; hapless maid. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hapless — index ominous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hapless — (adj.) unfortunate, c.1400, from HAP (Cf. hap) (n.) in the sense good luck + LESS (Cf. less). Related: Haplessly; haplessness …   Etymology dictionary

  • hapless — *unlucky, disastrous, ill starred, ill fated, unfortunate, calamitous, luckless Analogous words: unhappy, infelicitous (see UNFIT): *miserable, wretched …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hapless — [adj] unfortunate behind the eightball*, cursed, hexed, ill fated, ill starred, infelicitous, jinxed, jonah*, loser, luckless, miserable, poor fish*, sad sack*, snakebit*, star crossed*, unhappy, unlucky, untoward, voodooed*, woeful, wretched;… …   New thesaurus

  • hapless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unlucky; unfortunate. DERIVATIVES haplessly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • hapless — [hap′lis] adj. [ HAP1 + LESS] unfortunate; unlucky; luckless haplessly adv. haplessness n …   English World dictionary

  • hapless — [[t]hæ̱pləs[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n A hapless person is unlucky. [FORMAL] ...his hapless victim …   English dictionary

  • hapless — adjective Very unlucky; ill fated. We saw the ruins of this hapless city from the height of the tower of San Marco …   Wiktionary

  • hapless — adj. Hapless is used with these nouns: ↑victim …   Collocations dictionary

  • hapless — hap|less [ˈhæpləs] adj [only before noun] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: hap ( HAPPY)] literary unlucky ▪ The hapless passengers were stranded at the airport for three days …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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