One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a task or undertaking) ineffectual; useless.‘remonstrating with him seems ever to have been a bootless task’
unsuccessful, non-successful, unproductive, fruitless, profitless, unprofitable, abortive, failed, futile, purposeless, worthless, useless, ineffectual, inefficient, inefficacious, inadequate, vain, unavailing, to no effectView synonyms
- ‘A thing of beauty stands where only bootless cries would have been.’
- ‘Determining who has said nastier things about whom is a bootless enterprise.’
- ‘I wasted two weeks trying to redesign the front page, which was bootless; I ended up redoing it with new graphics which are nearly identical to the old.’
- ‘Still, it is bootless to argue with theologians, especially when they wear purple or crimson.’
- ‘Common Rule does not give an answer, and it is bootless to look for a precise formula or quota.’
- ‘So it is bootless for someone to ask for some further reassurance; that can only add to his stock of beliefs.’
- ‘After the bootless repair mission, Gnat napped and I worked.’
- ‘There is nothing here to equal the performances in the movie, but if you haven't seen it, a visit to the play might not prove bootless.’
- ‘He screams, he stamps, he curses all heaven with his bootless cries.’
- ‘But arguing with people who don't want to hear is fundamentally bootless.’
Old English bōtlēas ‘not able to be compensated for by payment’ (see boot, -less).
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