hope·​less·​ly | \ ˈhō-pləs-lē How to pronounce hopelessly (audio) \

Definition of hopelessly

: in a hopeless manner used especially as an intensifier the formerly despised and hopelessly middle-class game of golf— Ejner Jensen

Examples of hopelessly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That speech, disingenuous then, or hopelessly gullible, is utterly disqualifying now. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2022 Over the next month, Fjellhøy falls hopelessly in love. Jordan Riefe, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 With less money and opportunities to buy the top talent, the lower league teams seem year after year to be hopelessly outmatched. Chris Foster, Forbes, 8 June 2022 And in the first weeks of the war, Russian offensives in the north aimed at Kyiv, the capital, and Kharkiv, the second-largest city, became hopelessly bogged down. New York Times, 31 May 2022 Legitimate responses to such hardship can feel hopelessly limited; become a survivalist, or sit around waiting for the next disaster to befall you. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 26 May 2022 When the news feels relentlessly and hopelessly tragic, comedians like DeGeneres help viewers forget their despair, even for a short while. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 But some homes are in such bad condition or so hopelessly outdated that the cost to remodel them would exceed that formula. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, 19 May 2022 There was also a bit of doth protest too much in Brown’s efforts to write himself as a hopelessly dim, poorly read, grammatically challenged, outsider. John Tamny, Forbes, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hopelessly

1616, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jul 2022

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“Hopelessly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopelessly. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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