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adjective fick·le \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

Synonym Discussion of FICKLE

inconstant, fickle, capricious, mercurial, unstable mean lacking firmness or steadiness (as in purpose or devotion). inconstant implies an incapacity for steadiness and an inherent tendency to change <an inconstant friend>. fickle suggests unreliability because of perverse changeability and incapacity for steadfastness <performers discover how fickle fans can be>. capricious suggests motivation by sudden whim or fancy and stresses unpredictability <an utterly capricious critic>. mercurial implies a rapid changeability in mood <made anxious by her boss's mercurial temperament>. unstable implies an incapacity for remaining in a fixed position or steady course and applies especially to a lack of emotional balance <too unstable to hold a job>.
FICKLY Defined for Kids


adjective fick·le \ˈfi-kəl\

Definition of FICKLE for Kids

:  changing often :  not reliable <fickle friends> <fickle weather>
fick·le·ness noun


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