shiftless

adjective
shift·​less | \ˈshif(t)-ləs \

Definition of shiftless 

1 : lacking in resourcefulness : inefficient

2 : lacking in ambition or incentive : lazy shiftless freeloaders

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from shiftless

shiftlessly adverb
shiftlessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for shiftless

Synonyms

idle, indolent, lazy, slothful

Antonyms

industrious

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of shiftless in a Sentence

shiftless spongers who never thought to do anything for themselves

Recent Examples on the Web

Or the shiftless pool man whose slide into despair seems to parallel the fires and mudslides that are chewing up the hills around him. Steve Marble, latimes.com, "Joe Frank, who pushed the boundaries of radio storytelling, dies at 79," 24 Jan. 2018 This project has portrayed social housing as a repository for the idle and shiftless, meaning that the grievances of tenants, like those in Grenfell Tower, can be dismissed as grumbles of entitlement. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Grenfell Tower: London, England’s ‘Katrina Moment’," 24 Aug. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shiftless.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of shiftless

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shiftless

shift (resourcefulness)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shiftless

Statistics for shiftless

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for shiftless

The first known use of shiftless was in 1584

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for shiftless

shiftless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of shiftless

: lacking ambition and energy

shiftless

adjective
shift·​less | \ˈshift-ləs \

Kids Definition of shiftless

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on shiftless

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for shiftless

Spanish Central: Translation of shiftless

Nglish: Translation of shiftless for Spanish Speakers

Comments on shiftless

What made you want to look up shiftless? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a trusted follower

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!