fickle


fick·le

adjective \ˈfi-kəl\

: changing often

: changing opinions often

Full Definition of FICKLE

:  marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability :  given to erratic changeableness
fick·le·ness noun
fick·ly \ˈfi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of FICKLE

  1. He blames poor sales on fickle consumers.
  2. <a fickle friendship that was on and off over the years>
  3. The Weak will suck up to the Strong, for fear of losing their jobs and their money and all the fickle power they wielded only twenty-four hours ago. —Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone, 11 Nov. 2004

Origin of FICKLE

Middle English fikel deceitful, inconstant, from Old English ficol deceitful; akin to Old English befician to deceive, and probably to Old English fāh hostile — more at foe
First Known Use: 13th century

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