Definition of useless in English:



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