Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.
  • adj. Careless and irresponsible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking purpose.
  • adj. Without skill, ineffective, incompetent.
  • adj. Lacking the courage to act in any meaningful way.
  • adj. Lacking vitality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Spiritless; weak; worthless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Spiritless; weak; useless; worthless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. generally incompetent and ineffectual
  • adj. not fit to assume responsibility

Etymologies

Scots feck, effect (alteration of effect) + -less.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Scots, feck ("effect"), aphetic form of effect, +‎ -less. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As for when to call it feckless, I don't look past the first box of ammo.

    A Brief Guide to Feckless* Rifles

  • He uses the word feckless in the snippet being played!

    Archive 2005-10-01

  • Honest Mop’s report crimes but we are hamstrung by the less well intended who make false reports to upgrade their mobile phones, cant sort out their lives/family problems themselves and overindulge in feckless drink and drug binges, seek crime numbers for ’stolen’ DSS payments or ‘criminally damaged’ windows that they broke themsleves.

    Police Pay Award (Lose the smiles) « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • KELEMEN: What McCain called a feckless agreement, the Turks see as a starting point for a diplomatic way out of the dispute over Iran's suspect nuclear program.

    Turkey Offers U.S. A Diplomatic Channel To Iran

  • The youth of all lands are idle and feckless, which is why twelve-of-the-best, administered with a cane, whip or Prozac is a part of all cultures, from eastest-East to westest-West.

    The End of Empire

  • AMERICAN POLICY INthe Balkans through the first half of the 1990s can only be described as feckless.

    Sands of Empire

  • Ellen Tauscher, a former Democratic congresswoman from the San Francisco Bay Area (in other words, a feckless "liberal" who spent her career paying lip-service to the antiwar sentiments of her constituents -- and then voting in favor of every blood-soaked imperialist adventure undertaken by the Bush regime) rejected international monitoring of military and pharmaceutical sites that might employ research for illicit purposes, e.g., the fabrication of banned biological weapons.

    GlobalResearch.ca

  • Because he's "feckless" by comparison to the "more formidable" Chuck Schumer, who would likely have been Reid's successor.

    Donk Depression

  • I don't own any "feckless" rifles, interesting term, but i am very willing to give Dave $150. oo for the previously mentioned hunk of junk that shoots better than 2 MOA.

    A Brief Guide to Feckless* Rifles

  • Mr. Bernanke's former Princeton University colleague, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, has become the loudest critic of Mr. Bernanke's inaction, calling the Fed "feckless" (lacking in vitality, unthinking, irresponsible) in his New York Times column.

    The View From Bernanke's Perch at the Fed

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • sounds like freckles.. people who don't work hard to get rid of em.

    October 30, 2012



  • I never dreamed I'd be a wreck
    who one day wouldn't give a feck,

    in my youth I was bold and reckless
    now, alas, I'm old and feckless

    November 6, 2009

  • 'feck' is the Scottish approximation to the English 'effect,' thus, feckless is without effect.

    June 5, 2009

  • feck must mean some manner of responsibility? i'm going to list this in my notes as synonymous to fetus-less

    April 20, 2009

  • One of the cows kept at ''Cold Comfort Farm'', the classic satire by Stella Gibbons. Big Business, the bull, services her and her companions Graceless, Aimless, and Pointless.

    December 23, 2008

  • According to the online dictionary,
    Feck: the bulk; the greater part; a quantity

    July 10, 2008

  • "Sterility. Sterility on all sides. As far as the eye can see the infertile desert lies in the pitiless glare of the merciless sun, a lifeless, trackless, feckless, fuckless waste strown with the bodies of luckless wayfarers."

    Ursula K Le Guin -the Dispossessed

    July 7, 2008

  • I think a feck might be related to a gorm.

    Feckless is one of the four horses on Cold Comfort Farm. The other three are called Graceless, Aimless and Pointless.

    July 7, 2008

  • I don't know what feck is, or if it's anything. This is exactly the reason I like feckless.

    July 7, 2008

  • Does anybody know what a feck is?

    January 28, 2007