Definition of "shiftless" [shift•less]

  • Lacking ambition or purpose; lazy: a shiftless student. (adjective)
  • Characterized by a lack of ambition or energy: studied in a shiftless way. (adjective)
  • Lacking resourcefulness or efficiency; incompetent. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shiftless" in a sentence
  • "Then comes Sol Hyde, whom they call the shiftless one, but swift and cunning, and much to be dreaded."
  • "It proved that this Dennis Shea was a harmless, amiable fellow, of the class known as shiftless, who had sealed his fate by marrying a dumb wife, who was tramadol at that moment ironing in the laundry.."
  • "It proved that this Dennis Shea was a harmless, amiable fellow, of the class known as shiftless, who had sealed his fate by marrying a dumb wife, who was magnesium at that moment ironing in the laundry.."