Definitions for hopelessˈhoʊp lɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hope•lessˈhoʊp lɪs(adj.)

  1. providing no hope; beyond optimism or hope; desperate:

    a hopeless medical condition.

  2. without hope; despairing:

    hopeless grief.

  3. impossible to accomplish, solve, resolve, etc:

    a hopeless misunderstanding.

  4. not able to learn or act, perform, or work as desired; inadequate:

    The new clerk is hopeless with figures.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hopeless(adj)

    without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success

    "in an agony of hopeless grief"; "with a hopeless sigh he sat down"

  2. hopeless(adj)

    of a person unable to do something skillfully

    "I'm hopeless at mathematics"

  3. hopeless(adj)

    certain to fail

    "the situation is hopeless"

  4. hopeless(adj)

    (informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform

    "she handed me a hopeless jumble of papers"; "he is a hopeless romantic"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hopeless(adjective)ˈhoʊp lɪs

    ≠ promising

    a hopeless attempt to save the girl

  2. hopelessˈhoʊp lɪs

    extremely bad; = useless

    Grandma's a hopeless driver.; my hopeless attempts at playing the piano


  1. hopeless(Adjective)

    Destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing.

    I am a woman, friendless, hopeless. -Shakespeare.

  2. hopeless(Adjective)

    Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate.

    A hopeless cause.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hopeless(adj)

    destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing

  2. Hopeless(adj)

    giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate; as, a hopeless cause

  3. Hopeless(adj)

    unhoped for; despaired of

Translations for hopeless

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not likely to be successful

It's hopeless to try to persuade him; a hopeless attempt; The future looks hopeless.

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