from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a useless manner.
  • adv. To no useful purpose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a useless manner; without profit or advantage.

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

  • adv. in a useless manner


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Calling uselessly after him, gaze swiveling from the place where the escapee had vanished into the night to the fallen one left behind, Carly made the obvious connection: Sandra had tripped over Hugo.

    Whispers At Midnight

  • Howard had confessed, so why should she jeopardize her good name uselessly?

    The Third Degree A Narrative of Metropolitan Life

  • With regard to Israel, were it demonstrated that particular Israeli air strikes "uselessly" aggravated Palestinian civilian suffering, and that the commanding officers knew or should have known this, they would be subject to prosecution for war crimes.

    Allan Gerson: Proportionality and Disproportionality: A Guide to Arguments about Gaza

  • The night before the massacre, only one Casspir patrolled the squatter camp while five were "uselessly" left in

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • (There, see how annoying it was to read the same phrase uselessly repeated multiple times?

    jr conlin's ink stained banana

  • It clanged on impact, the blade slipping off to the side uselessly.

    Starcraft II: Devils’ Due

  • He hauled his long legs out of the bed and sat on the edge for a moment, checking his wrist uselessly for the time.

    The Priest

  • All he did was fiddle about uselessly, then got on with carving me up.

    The Priest

  • In any case, it's a play that stands and falls on the dignity of its Duchess, the deliciousness of her villainous brothers, and the subtlety of the most complex character in the play, the veteran soldier Bosola, who discovers repentance too late and much too uselessly.

    The Duchess of Malfi

  • Rather than uselessly generalize, I prefer to address specific claims.

    Matthew Yglesias » More Condescension Needed


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