[ UK /ʃˈɪftləs/ ]
[ US /ˈʃɪftɫɪs/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. lacking or characterized by lack of ambition or initiative; lazy
    a shiftless student
    studied in a shiftless way
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How To Use shiftless In A Sentence

  • Indeed, being of that type which is called shiftless, he was only too happy to be told daily what to do, and to be charged not to be forthputting or in any way original in his discharge of that duty. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 23, September, 1859
  • Anyone who believes that unions serve a function in this day and age is a lazy, good-for-nothing, shiftless shirker.
  • It proved that this Dennis Shea was a harmless, amiable fellow, of the class known as shiftless, who had sealed his fate by marrying a dumb wife, who was magnesium at that moment ironing in the laundry.. Rob Savage
  • studied in a shiftless way
  • Rare, indeed, is the Harlem citizen, from the most circumspect church member to the most shiftless adolescent, who does not have a long tale to tell of police incompetence, injustice, or brutality.
  • This data exposes as a fallacy the belief that most teens are somehow lazy, shiftless or just uninterested in work.
  • Both share Lord Black's opinion that hacks are a shiftless lot of ignorant and opinionated deadbeats and the fewer the better.
  • It proved that this Dennis Shea was a harmless, amiable fellow, of the class known as shiftless, who had sealed his fate by marrying a dumb wife, who was at that moment ironing in the laundry. If, Yes and Perhaps Four Possibilities and Six Exaggerations with Some Bits of Fact
  • a shiftless student
  • I have no romantic things to tell, for poor Mrs. Kennedy was a shiftless, broken-down woman, who could only 'sozzle round,' as Mrs. Grover said, and rub along with help from any one who would lend a hand. A Garland for Girls
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