adjective fruit·less \ˈfrüt-ləs\

: producing no good results : not successful

Full Definition of FRUITLESS

:  unsuccessful <a fruitless attempt>
:  lacking or not bearing fruit
fruit·less·ly adverb
fruit·less·ness noun

Examples of FRUITLESS

  1. They made a fruitless attempt to find a solution.
  2. It would be fruitless to continue.

First Known Use of FRUITLESS

14th century

Synonym Discussion of FRUITLESS

futile, vain, fruitless mean producing no result. futile may connote completeness of failure or unwisdom of undertaking <resistance had proved so futile that surrender was the only choice left>. vain usually implies simple failure to achieve a desired result <a vain attempt to get the car started>. fruitless comes close to vain but often suggests long and arduous effort or severe disappointment <fruitless efforts to obtain a lasting peace>.

Rhymes with FRUITLESS

FRUITLESSLY Defined for Kids


adjective fruit·less \ˈfrüt-ləs\

Definition of FRUITLESS for Kids

:  not bearing fruit <fruitless trees>
:  unsuccessful <a fruitless search>
fruit·less·ly adverb


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