from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking ambition or purpose; lazy: a shiftless student.
- adj. Characterized by a lack of ambition or energy: studied in a shiftless way.
- adj. Lacking resourcefulness or efficiency; incompetent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. lazy, unmotivated
- adj. untrustworthy as a result of being incompetent at the job
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Destitute of expedients, or not using successful expedients; characterized by failure, especially by failure to provide for one's own support, through negligence or incapacity; hence, lazy; improvident; thriftless
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lacking in resource or energy, or in ability to shift for one's self or one's own; slack in devising or using expedients for the successful accomplishment of anything; deficient in organizing or executive ability; incapable; inefficient; improvident; lazy: as, a shiftless fellow.
- Characterized by or characteristic of slackness or inefficiency, especially in shifting for one's self or one's own.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking or characterized by lack of ambition or initiative; lazy
shift, expedient + -less.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)