from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shiftless; good-for-nothing.


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  • 'doless' creatures, who couldn't spin a hank of yarn, or gin a pound of cotton, or heel a sock.

    The Master-Knot of Human Fate

  • 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.

    Black and White

  • 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.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys

  • 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.

    Sight to the Blind

  • 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. "

    Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall


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  • This is an Appalachianism from Southern West Virginia, meaning lazy. "That boy is just plain doless." Meaning he is without "do."

    April 23, 2008