thankless
adjective Date: 15th century 1. not likely to obtain thanks ; unappreciated <
a thankless task
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2. not expressing or feeling gratitude ; ungrateful <
how sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child — Shakespeare
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thanklessly adverbthanklessness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, / (as a service not likely to be repaid by thanks), , , ,


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  • thankless — index undesirable, unrequited Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • thankless — likely to not be rewarded with thanks, 1540s, from THANK (Cf. thank) + LESS (Cf. less). Related: Thanklessly …   Etymology dictionary

  • thankless — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a job or task) unpleasant and unlikely to gain the appreciation of others. 2) not showing or feeling gratitude …   English terms dictionary

  • thankless — [thaŋk′lis] adj. 1. not feeling or expressing thanks; ungrateful 2. not producing nor likely to produce thanks; unappreciated thanklessly adv. thanklessness n …   English World dictionary

  • thankless — adjective 1 a thankless job is difficult and you do not get any praise for doing it: a thankless task: Cooking for the family every day is a thankless task. 2 literary a thankless person is not grateful: a thankless child thanklessly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • thankless — thank|less [ˈθæŋkləs] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: thank (noun); THANKS2] 1.) a thankless job is difficult and you do not get any praise for doing it thankless task/job/chore etc ▪ Cooking every day is a thankless task. 2.) literary a thankless… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thankless — thank|less [ θæŋkləs ] adjective 1. ) a thankless activity is unpleasant, and other people are not grateful to you for doing it: a thankless task 2. ) MAINLY LITERARY a thankless person is not grateful: a thankless child …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • thankless — thanklessly, adv. thanklessness, n. /thangk lis/, adj. 1. not likely to be appreciated or rewarded; unappreciated: a thankless job. 2. not feeling or expressing gratitude or appreciation; ungrateful: a thankless child. [1530 40; THANK + LESS] Syn …   Universalium

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