from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shiftless; good-for-nothing.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
'doless' creatures, who couldn't spin a hank of yarn, or gin a pound of cotton, or heel a sock.
I shall doless whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall domore whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause.
Why, Pat didn't know nothin 'about it when he begun, and now he can cook meat and potatoes and such better as many a doless girl I've seen.
I had bemeaned and berated and faulted her so continual ', and belt her up as a pore, doless creetur', without no backbone or ambition; and now I knowed that if thar ever were a tender, ginuwine, angel daughter on this here earth, it were her to me.
She has a whole host of doless relatives, whom she props up whenever they need it, and, "as though an afterthought," they always need it. "
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.