American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by erratic changeableness or instability, especially with regard to affections or attachments; capricious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disposed or acting so as to deceive; deceitful; treacherous; false in intent.
- Inconstant; unstable; likely to change from caprice, irresolution, or instability: rarely applied to things except in poetry or by personification.
- Perilous; ticklish.
- Synonyms Variable, mutable, changeable, unsteady, unsettled, vacillating, fitful, volatile.
- To deceive; flatter.
- To puzzle; perplex; nonplus.
- v. transitive To deceive; flatter.
- v. transitive To puzzle; perplex; nonplus.
- adj. Quick to change one’s opinion or allegiance; insincere; not loyal or reliable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable; of a changeable mind; not firm in opinion or purpose; inconstant; capricious.
- adj. liable to sudden unpredictable change
- adj. marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments
- From Middle English fikelen, from fikel ("fickle"); see above. Cognate with Low German fikkelen ("to deceive, flatter"), German ficklen, ficheln ("to deceive, flatter"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fikel, from Old English ficol, deceitful. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Instead the sense was that the mood of the crowd could change rapidly; the word fickle is used in the definitions.”
“How many people does that happen to in the so-called fickle word of fashion.”
“Especially in the so-called fickle word of fashion.”
“I'm afraid most of the nay sayers to me are just plain fickle.”
“But there are impediments, namely the fickle nature of the draft and the growing impatience among fans and current players to win.”
“Walsingham describes as fickle as a reed, siding at one time with the lords and at another time with the king (689) — Richard was driven to temporise.”
“And yet, in this instance, having become thoroughly convinced that he had been treating a deserving man with injustice, he had the moral courage to reverse his conduct, to unsay what he had before said, and to incur the risk of being called fickle or changeable by doing what he now believed to be the right thing.”
“Mistress Niobe was ready — since fair means of recalling the fickle Apollo failed — to resort to foul.”
“I should call fickle, exactly, but he is weak, or timid, rather.”
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