from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Luckless; unfortunate. See Synonyms at unfortunate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Very unlucky; ill-fated.
- adj. devoid of talent or skill
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy.
- Synonyms Ill-starred, ill-fated, forlorn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. deserving or inciting pity
Back before they were Super Bowl champs, some called the hapless team the "Aints" and in shame would pull paper bags over their heads.
Chapter 62 consists of a single word, "hapless" - the only word Orion's abridger cut from the chapter, trimming a 105-word sentence to 104; the book's first sentence is "methodically"; the final hunt for the white whale dissolves into pure punctuation.
Like her and many others of our generation, I knew all the old gang pretty well but have met only a handful of today's lot, Maginnes, the Attwoods, Hanna, Dallat, Ritchie, McGrady, McDonnell and yes the "hapless" - (unkind and overstated) - Durkan.
The highlight of her reign of terror: The now-infamous "Saving Private Ryan" interpretive dance, part of a longer sequence, assembled to celebrate nominated film scores, which The Post's reviewer described as a "hapless, protracted gaffe."
Should we call the hapless storyteller an anecdope?
The government – that is, the hapless FDIC – puts up 85 per cent of $5 million to buy this – namely, $4,250,000.
They also miss that it isn't "just like" their partisan foes calling the hapless Dubya "Chimpy McHitlerBurton".
From ‘cowboy up’ to ‘lawyer up,’ Bush is a man for whom the word hapless is effusive praise.
Hats off to the keeper I may or may not have described as "hapless" at some time in print during the last few weeks.
Still, at least uni-boy (otherwise known as my hapless brother) made me look better by sending a measly Mother's Day text.
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