Definitions

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  • adj. luckless
  • adj. destitute of a fortune or portion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Luckless; also, destitute of a fortune or portion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Luckless; unfortunate.
  • Destitute of a fortune or portion.

Etymologies

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fortune +‎ -less

Examples

  • “No wonder,” he thought, “if, courted by the son of a proud and powerful baron, she can no longer spare a word or look to the poor fortuneless page.”

    The Abbot

  • Hers, I thought, must be a curious soul, where in spite of a strong, natural tendency to estimate unduly advantages of wealth and station, the sardonic disdain of a fortuneless subordinate had wrought a deeper impression than could be imprinted by the most flattering assiduities of a prosperous

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

  • If Democrats care so much about the "downtrodden," and if the GOP is playing on their false consciousness by emphasizing things that don't matter like abortion and homosexuality, why don't the Democrats simply adopt pro-life and antigay positions, so that they can win office on their superior economic programs and actually do something for these fortuneless folks?

    Archive 2005-01-01

  • Others milled there, as fortuneless and disinterested as I.

    Shaman's Crossing

  • I wish that I were old and ugly, fortuneless and an outcast -- or dead.

    Princess Zara

  • What could I, helpless, houseless, fortuneless, be but a weight upon that buoyancy and ambition of eminence which marks superior natures for the superior honours of life.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 357, June, 1845

  • She had spent her money, nearly all of it, and he couldn't afford to marry a fortuneless girl.

    Celibates

  • He came to the colony, as we have seen, a fortuneless adventurer -- highly recommended, indeed; while the special protection he obtained from the Governor, with the titular and more solid favors he obtained at court, made him a competitor to all other commercialists, whom it was impossible to contend with directly.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 12

  • In short, in everything that related to accomplishments, whether of mind or body, no pains were spared with little Ned; but of the utilitarian line of education, then almost exclusively adopted, and especially desirable for a fortuneless boy like Ned, dependent on a man not wealthy, there was little given.

    Doctor Grimshawe's Secret — a Romance

  • When Patrick Douglas, the learned and honoured, but fortuneless soldier, found that his new competitor for the hand of the gentle Jolande was none other than his sovereign, he was dumb with despair, and the last, the miserable _hope_ which it imparts, and which maketh wretched, began to leave him.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17

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