American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Without advantage or benefit; useless. See Synonyms at futile.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Without boot or advantage; unavailing; unprofitable; useless; without profit or success.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Unavailing; unprofitable; useless; without advantage or success.
- adj. unproductive of success
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- boot2 + -less. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If their forays were bootless, in the nature of things their forays would cease.”
“Yet to sojourn in San Antonio unherbed was to set off under the searing sun naked, scalped, and bootless across some scree of burning rock straight out of Cormac McCarthy.”
“Hitchens gave short shrift to the "insulting" suggestion that cancer might persuade him to change his position where reason had not, arguing that to ditch principles "held for a lifetime, in the hope of gaining favour at the last minute" would be a "hucksterish choice", and urging those who had taken it upon themselves to pray for him not to "trouble deaf heaven with your bootless cries".”
“And the men appeared, some of his watch, others of the second mate's watch, routed from sleep -- men coatless, and hatless, and bootless; men ghastly-faced with fear but eager for once to spring to the orders of the man who knew and could save their miserable lives from miserable death.”
“But my hands had been tied behind my back and when my bootless feet slipped on the ice I had no way of catching myself.”
“In The Extra Man, based on a creepy comic novel by Jonathan Ames, Dano plays Louis Ives, a bootless young man who fancies himself a character out of The Great Gatsby.”
“ He subsequently surfaced in aficcione, a tale of his bootless pursuit of a reclusive poetess, modeled on one I'd met on-line.”
“The attack was bootless and the guards immediately arrested Meir, the hero of the ghetto.”
“And the fact is that millions of Negroes, as a result of centuries of denial and neglect, have been left bootless.”
“Here are a few examples from this worthy tome, which is illustrated by the stupendously talented Seth: bootless: Must every non-useless, non-unprofitable activity involve wearing boots?”
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