Definition of feckless in US English:

feckless

adjective

  • Lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible.

    ‘a feckless mama's boy’
    ‘an unfortunate example of feckless filmmaking’
    ‘the feckless exploitation of the world's natural resources’
    • ‘So the older brother became a rather feckless Oxford undergraduate just about to begin his own career.’
    • ‘His feckless mother left him with her family in Denbighshire when he was still an infant, and his uncles paid a couple to care for him until he was six years old.’
    • ‘For a younger more feckless child this kind of behaviour might be acceptable, but he was too old to be still in his pyjamas in the street.’
    • ‘Now, after seven years in reform school, he is adjusting to life on the outside in the company of his feckless father.’
    • ‘Your feckless neighbour, however, will get the full range of government help.’
    • ‘Aidan Gillen is completely convincing as Frank, a set designer for television who is trying to negotiate the transition from feckless student existence to adult responsibility, complete with mortgage and steady girlfriend.’
    • ‘Some feel the poor are at least partly to blame; to have got themselves into such a state, they must be feckless and corrupt, or at least irresponsible.’
    • ‘Working in Carnaby Street would exacerbate my ire, because it attracts all sorts of feckless tourists.’
    • ‘Their shared affection for the warmhearted, feckless Martin is a further bond between them.’
    • ‘Young Henry, though, was ever feckless and irresponsible, concerned to cut a fine chivalric figure but utterly uninterested in the serious business of government.’
    • ‘Giving complete novices the responsibility for reviving a feckless football team would, in itself, be irresponsible.’
    • ‘Many were running away from hostile or feckless parents - unloving stepmothers and drunken fathers feature in several reminiscences - or from the prospect of onshore unemployment.’
    • ‘All it did was make life easier for the lazy and feckless middle-class students, who were one of the products of the 1960s.’
    • ‘The company's line was that it was putting on a music show and doing everything reasonable, and a bit more, to protect feckless people from themselves.’
    • ‘Secondly, we convinced them that we were a wealthy, feckless country that would not fight.’
    • ‘Britain's 11 million pensioners punch above their weight because - unlike the feckless young - they still retain the habit of voting, and many of them vote Tory.’
    • ‘To prove his point, the editor, a young, feckless fellow, asked me to write an upbeat, optimistic birthday column, saying how things had improved in the dale this past decade.’
    • ‘But when we actually get on TV, we are relatively feckless and ineffective.’
    • ‘Well, his millionaire dad stipulated in his will that the feckless Josh wasn't to get a penny of his inheritance unless he wrote a bestseller.’
    • ‘I don't think it's because Glasgow people are particularly feckless.’
    • ‘Ever year they spew out a healthy amount of guileless, enthusiastic, hard working feckless idiots, ready to be put to work by their seniors.’
    • ‘Yet still the broadcasting companies swallowed the government line, and there was a sudden demand for a different sort of political programme, one that would engage the feckless viewer - and especially the young feckless viewer.’
    • ‘But only the most blinkered soul could fail to see that the football team were as inexperienced as they were feckless, as bereft of defensive qualities as they were deficient technically.’
    • ‘The other villain of course is the absent, feckless father.’
    • ‘They are like wives midway through marriage therapy designed to reconcile and foster a new beginning with a feckless husband who has perpetually let them down.’
    • ‘When they do eventually arrive here, feckless ministers like to lecture us on how we should conduct our business.’
    • ‘Many headteachers will feel that such a role could undermine the need to establish a constructive relationship with parents, however feckless and irresponsible they may be.’
    • ‘He's not just slobby - he's feckless, almost amoral and as a result Rachel becomes a moral compass for him as much as a lead for the film.’
    • ‘Maybe their feckless mothers waste money smoking and drinking?’
    • ‘So, not only are the students feckless, lazy, promiscuous and drunk, they're also liars.’
    • ‘Either they are feckless and troublesome, or they are being handed exams on a plate.’
    • ‘There are feckless and irresponsible young fathers out there.’
    • ‘Unruly pupils and feckless parents went with the territory.’
    • ‘In one of those stupidities that mark a life of bad choices, a quite verbal, witty, but somewhat feckless woman became my business partner.’
    • ‘Whatever happened to the traditional, feckless student?’
    • ‘At 21, Caroline took up with a feckless playboy 17 years her senior.’
    • ‘She may be a feckless and incompetent parent, but that is no reason for her not being treated properly.’
    useless, worthless, incompetent, inefficient, inept, good-for-nothing, ne'er-do-well
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Scots and northern English dialect feck (from effeck, variant of effect)+ -less.

Pronunciation

feckless

/ˈfekləs//ˈfɛkləs/