Definitions

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  • adv. In a shiftless manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a shiftless manner.

Etymologies

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shiftless +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Here it is in his words, with one of the genius few explaining to a man from 1988 who has been preserved in suspended animation by an experimental dental anasthetic why things in the twenty-first century are as bad as they are: ...while you and your kind were being prudent and foresighted and not having children, the migrant workers, slum dwellers, and tenant farmers were shiftlessly and short-sightedly having children -- breeding, breeding.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • Instead of shiftlessly tossing the whole burden of responsibility for choice of topics to a hard driven editor, and whining, "Please give me an idea!", search around on your own initiative for a theme worth presenting to the attention of a throng of widely assorted listeners -- for a "story" that ought to appeal to

    If You Don't Write Fiction

  • His hands -- strong, well-formed hands of the slender and long-fingered type -- hung helplessly at the end of his arms; or, if he attempted to use them, each finger appeared to have a different idea of what was to be done, and one and all fumbled drowsily and shiftlessly at their task.

    Archibald Malmaison

  • More frequently the temptation is to take an easy kind of work, rather than harder work; or to do our work shiftlessly rather than thoroughly.

    Practical Ethics

  • It just shiftlessly ambles forward buoyed by the assumption everyone will stop to watch a catfight, especially one involving Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter.

    Cinema Blend Feeds

  • a general sort of way, and some of my people were put in charge of these stars, a while back: but they appear to have run the constellation rather shiftlessly.

    Jurgen A Comedy of Justice

  • “We need the rockets and trick speedometers and cities because, while you and your kind were being prudent and foresighted and not having children, the migrant workers, slum dwellers and tenant farm­ers were shiftlessly and shortsightedly having children — breeding, breeding.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

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