Definition of shiftless in English:



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

    ‘a shiftless lot of good-for-nothings’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I could have said her son the no good, lazy, shiftless shyster but I'm in a mood to be nice today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nor are poor whites stereotyped as lazy, shiftless, dangerous, the way poor Blacks are.’
    • ‘‘I think immigrants think we're lazy, shiftless, good-for-nothing,’ she says.’
    • ‘We believe that if we work less and play more, we'll appear shiftless and lazy.’
    • ‘The welfare mother is considered to be lazy and shiftless, shunning work while collecting welfare and passing on bad values to her children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They hid in saloons, spun lies, spied on people, made less than the corner grocer, and were generally shiftless, lazy bums.’
    • ‘The ‘white trash’ label perpetuates the idea that poor or working class whites are lazy, shiftless and dumb-witted.’
    • ‘She tells him about where she was born and how her parents are shiftless and lazy.’
    • ‘These are greedy, shiftless and lazy people who only use and abuse the soil.’
    • ‘Anyone who believes that unions serve a function in this day and age is a lazy, good-for-nothing, shiftless shirker.’
    • ‘This data exposes as a fallacy the belief that most teens are somehow lazy, shiftless or just uninterested in work.’
    • ‘Those moving away were sometimes dismissed as a shiftless lot who could not live up to the small-town virtues of constancy and forbearance.’
    • ‘A ‘scobie’ means either a shiftless young person or a wild duck that bites.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can't be a shiftless immigrant for the rest of your days, chico.’
    • ‘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.’
    lazy, idle, indolent, slothful, lethargic, lackadaisical
    spiritless, apathetic, improvident, aimless, worthless, feckless, good-for-nothing, ne'er-do-well
    inefficient, incompetent, inept, unambitious, unenterprising
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