Definition of useless in English:

useless

adjective

  • 1Not fulfilling or not expected to achieve the intended purpose or desired outcome.

    ‘a piece of useless knowledge’
    ‘we tried to pacify him but it was useless’
    • ‘I nodded fervently, thinking to myself how useless the knowledge was for an event like this, and smiled.’
    • ‘I tossed the useless tent stake aside and stood up, wiping the sweat off my face.’
    • ‘I wrote a while ago that there is no such thing as useless knowledge.’
    • ‘Over the years I've gotten adept at traveling with a lot of useless stuff.’
    • ‘If a phone is stolen, the mobile phone operator can use the number to turn off the phone, rendering it useless to the thief.’
    • ‘She hated these lessons most of all, they just seemed utterly useless and pointless.’
    • ‘Once the documents were released and proved to be useless for that purpose, the issue was dropped.’
    • ‘I performed a parody of running as I struggled to escape with my useless left ankle.’
    • ‘I have to confess that I consider cricket to be the most useless, pointless sport in the entire world.’
    • ‘I packed quickly, not expecting her to return for another round of useless discussion, but not willing to take the chance.’
    • ‘Bag after black plastic bag got filled with old, useless paper.’
    • ‘What you might consider useless might be quite useful for the auction.’
    • ‘Behaving in such a way is pretty juvenile and, when there's no-one around, frankly useless.’
    • ‘This book is intended as a treasure trove of useless information.’
    • ‘However the day was almost marred by pointless and useless vandalism to one of the train carriage windows.’
    • ‘Of course I spent my earnings on useless, frivolous designer items.’
    • ‘Now, for some odd and unexplained reason, she is starting to teach me useless bits of knowledge.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the figures are useless and show nothing either way, whether this figure is bad or not.’
    • ‘Anything that's not functioning in accordance with its purpose is useless.’
    • ‘The books at either end of this spectrum tend to be useless.’
    futile, pointless, purposeless, impractical, vain, in vain, to no purpose, to no avail, unavailing, bootless, nugatory, hopeless, unusable, ineffectual, inefficacious, impotent, fruitless, unprofitable, profitless, unproductive, unachievable, sisyphean
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    1. 1.1informal Having no ability or skill in a specified activity or area.
      ‘he was useless at football’
      • ‘I am, quite seriously, one of the most fiscally useless people you'll ever meet.’
      • ‘Dolly's a wonderful hunter but she's absolutely useless when it comes to the kill.’
      • ‘I was quite useless at talking to people I didn't already know as well as I believed I was beginning to know Hugo.’
      • ‘In that sense, it's not worth having him as leader at all, because he's politically useless.’
      • ‘Which explains why I was always useless at any sport involving a ball at school.’
      • ‘He was also useless at games and an unwilling participant in the social cut and thrust of Cardiff High School.’
      • ‘In any case I bet the management would do nothing since they are completely useless and don't care.’
      • ‘It is impossible to single out culprits, they were all useless.’
      • ‘He was useless with a sword, missed his targets in archery, fell off his horse as soon as he got on, and in general hated fighting.’
      • ‘He was completely useless, of course, and consistently held the team back with his inept displays.’
      • ‘It's frenetic games which I am useless at, but these two are tempered and calm.’
      • ‘And even though we're shamefully useless at this game, we're inclined to agree.’
      • ‘At school she shone at English, but was pretty useless at everything else - her words, not mine.’
      • ‘I would just like to point out that I am useless at crossing roads - I have no common sense at all.’
      • ‘How many movies have you seen about a team of useless sportsmen that is groomed into shape by the charismatic charm of the lead actor?’
      • ‘I'm excellent at drawing, but I'm useless with a blank piece of paper unless I have something to copy.’
      • ‘Except I'm useless with mobile phones - I can never remember to charge them up.’
      • ‘The vote doesn't just reflect the actions of a few useless officials.’
      • ‘It was only when we began a practice match that we discovered he was useless.’
      • ‘But when it was netball or tennis, I hated physical education because I was pretty useless at those sports.’
      incompetent, ineffective, worthless, ineffectual, incapable, inept, inadequate, hopeless, weak, bad, no good
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Pronunciation

useless

/ˈyo͞osləs//ˈjusləs/