hapless

  • 1 Hapless — Hap less (h[a^]p l[e^]s), a. Without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy; as, hapless youth; hapless maid. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 hapless — index ominous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3 hapless — (adj.) unfortunate, c.1400, from HAP (Cf. hap) (n.) in the sense good luck + LESS (Cf. less). Related: Haplessly; haplessness …

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  • 4 hapless — *unlucky, disastrous, ill starred, ill fated, unfortunate, calamitous, luckless Analogous words: unhappy, infelicitous (see UNFIT): *miserable, wretched …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 hapless — [adj] unfortunate behind the eightball*, cursed, hexed, ill fated, ill starred, infelicitous, jinxed, jonah*, loser, luckless, miserable, poor fish*, sad sack*, snakebit*, star crossed*, unhappy, unlucky, untoward, voodooed*, woeful, wretched;… …

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  • 6 hapless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unlucky; unfortunate. DERIVATIVES haplessly adverb …

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  • 7 hapless — [hap′lis] adj. [ HAP1 + LESS] unfortunate; unlucky; luckless haplessly adv. haplessness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 hapless — [[t]hæ̱pləs[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n A hapless person is unlucky. [FORMAL] ...his hapless victim …

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  • 9 hapless — adjective Very unlucky; ill fated. We saw the ruins of this hapless city from the height of the tower of San Marco …

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  • 10 hapless — adj. Hapless is used with these nouns: ↑victim …

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  • 11 hapless — hap|less [ˈhæpləs] adj [only before noun] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: hap ( HAPPY)] literary unlucky ▪ The hapless passengers were stranded at the airport for three days …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 hapless — hap|less [ hæpləs ] adjective a hapless person is someone you feel sorry for because bad things have happened to them …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 hapless — adjective (only before noun) literary unlucky: Hapless passers by could be dragged into the argument …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 hapless — adjective the hapless victims of exploitation Syn: unfortunate, unlucky, luckless, out of luck, ill starred, ill fated, jinxed, cursed, doomed; unhappy, forlorn, wretched, miserable, woebegone; informal down on one s luck; literary star crossed… …

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  • 15 hapless — UK [ˈhæpləs] / US adjective a hapless person is someone who you feel sorry for because bad things have happened to them …

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  • 16 hapless — [ˈhæpləs] adj a hapless person is someone that you feel sorry for because bad things have happened to them …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 hapless — adjective Date: 14th century having no luck ; unfortunate • haplessly adverb • haplessness noun …

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  • 18 hapless — haplessly, adv. haplessness, n. /hap lis/, adj. unlucky; luckless; unfortunate. [1560 70; HAP1 + LESS] Syn. miserable, woebegone, wretched, forlorn; pathetic, pitiable. * * * …

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  • 19 hapless — Synonyms and related words: badly off, depressed, dire, donsie, doomful, evil starred, fatal, fortuneless, funest, ill off, ill fated, ill starred, in adverse circumstances, inauspicious, infelicitous, luckless, miserable, ominous, out of luck,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 hapless — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. unlucky, unfortunate. See adversity. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. unfortunate, cursed, unlucky, star crossed, jinxed, hopeless, luckless, wretched, woeful. ANT.: fortunate, lucky III (Roget s… …

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