Definition of shiftless in English:



  • Characterized by laziness, indolence, and a lack of ambition.

    ‘a shiftless lot of good-for-nothings’
    • ‘She tells him about where she was born and how her parents are shiftless and lazy.’
    • ‘This data exposes as a fallacy the belief that most teens are somehow lazy, shiftless or just uninterested in work.’
    • ‘The welfare mother is considered to be lazy and shiftless, shunning work while collecting welfare and passing on bad values to her children.’
    • ‘They hid in saloons, spun lies, spied on people, made less than the corner grocer, and were generally shiftless, lazy bums.’
    • ‘Just as before, the would-be dominators try to convince us that it is necessary to apply a firm hand to the benefit of a shiftless character.’
    • ‘‘I think immigrants think we're lazy, shiftless, good-for-nothing,’ she says.’
    • ‘Anyone who believes that unions serve a function in this day and age is a lazy, good-for-nothing, shiftless shirker.’
    • ‘You can't be a shiftless immigrant for the rest of your days, chico.’
    • ‘The ‘white trash’ label perpetuates the idea that poor or working class whites are lazy, shiftless and dumb-witted.’
    • ‘The first part of this debate occurs between the engineer and a feisty middle-aged woman who runs the local cafe, the second between this hardworking woman and her shiftless husband.’
    • ‘The status of the disabled, in his view, is either ambiguous or closer to that of the shiftless and incompetent than to that of the ambitious.’
    • ‘These are greedy, shiftless and lazy people who only use and abuse the soil.’
    • ‘Nor are poor whites stereotyped as lazy, shiftless, dangerous, the way poor Blacks are.’
    • ‘You live your life as a shiftless and lazy slob, forever waiting to hear the news of your aged relative's demise so you can board the gravy train that you feel is your entitlement.’
    • ‘We believe that if we work less and play more, we'll appear shiftless and lazy.’
    • ‘Which is ironic when a lot of the problem for government in getting shiftless bastards to vote right now is getting them to go down to polling stations in, er, libraries.’
    • ‘Those moving away were sometimes dismissed as a shiftless lot who could not live up to the small-town virtues of constancy and forbearance.’
    • ‘I could have said her son the no good, lazy, shiftless shyster but I'm in a mood to be nice today.’
    • ‘If you knew how to take care of people, you could transform 10,000 lazy, shiftless souls into 10,000 eager-to-work-for-you people.’
    • ‘A ‘scobie’ means either a shiftless young person or a wild duck that bites.’
    lazy, idle, indolent, slothful, lethargic, lackadaisical
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