adjective \ˈthaŋk-ləs\

: difficult and not valued by other people

: not showing or feeling thanks

Full Definition of THANKLESS

:  not likely to obtain thanks :  unappreciated <a thankless task>
:  not expressing or feeling gratitude :  ungrateful <how sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child — Shakespeare>
thank·less·ly adverb
thank·less·ness noun

Examples of THANKLESS

  1. <a thankless boss who seems oblivious to the extra effort his subordinates have made>
  2. <the thankless job of cleaning up after a party>

First Known Use of THANKLESS

15th century


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