thankless

adjective thank·less \ ˈthaŋk-ləs \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of thankless

1 : not likely to obtain thanks : unappreciated
  • a thankless task
2 : not expressing or feeling gratitude : ungrateful
  • how sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child
  • —William Shakespeare

thanklessly

adverb

thanklessness

noun

Examples of thankless in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of thankless

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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THANKLESS Defined for English Language Learners

thankless

Definition of thankless for English Language Learners

  • : difficult and not valued by other people

  • : not showing or feeling thanks


THANKLESS Defined for Kids

thankless

adjective thank·less \ ˈthaŋk-ləs \

Definition of thankless for Students

2 : not appreciated
  • It's a necessary but thankless job.


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