Definition Of shiftless


(of a person or action) characterized by laziness, indolence, and a lack of ambition.

a shiftless lot of good-for-nothings

Example Of shiftless

  • A ‘scobie’ means either a shiftless young person or a wild duck that bites.

  • Anyone who believes that unions serve a function in this day and age is a lazy, good-for-nothing, shiftless shirker.

  • As a mid-level bureaucrat in the provincial civil service, ‘I was aimlessly and shiftlessly moving along in my life working for the province,’ he recalls.

  • ‘I think immigrants think we're lazy, shiftless , good-for-nothing,’ she says.

  • His characters tend to be laid back and fairly at ease, meandering shiftlessly and still accomplishing something.

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