feckless

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adjective feck·less \ˈfek-ləs\

Definition of feckless

  1. 1 :  weak, ineffective <She can't rely on her feckless son.>

  2. 2 :  worthless, irresponsible <a feckless maneuver that could only serve to strengthen the enemy — Simon Schama>

fecklessly

adverb

fecklessness

noun

Examples of feckless in a sentence

  1. She can't rely on her feckless son.

  2. <a well-intentioned but feckless response to the rise in school violence>

Did You Know?

Someone feckless is lacking in feck. And what, you may ask, is feck? Feck is a Scots term that means "effect" or "majority" and comes from an alteration of the Middle English effect. So something without feck is without effect, or ineffective. In the past, feckful (meaning "efficient," "sturdy," or "powerful") made an occasional appearance. But in this case, the weak has outlived the strong: feckless is a commonly used English word, but feckful has fallen out of use.

Origin and Etymology of feckless

Scots, from feck effect, majority, from Middle English (Scots) fek, alteration of Middle English effect


First Known Use: circa 1585


FECKLESS Defined for English Language Learners

feckless

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adjective feck·less \ˈfek-ləs\

Definition of feckless for English Language Learners

  • : having or resulting from a weak character or nature



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