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ˈfɪk əlfick·le

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fickle, volatileadjective

    marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments

    "fickle friends"; "a flirt's volatile affections"

  2. erratic, fickle, mercurial, quicksilver(a)adjective

    liable to sudden unpredictable change

    "erratic behavior"; "fickle weather"; "mercurial twists of temperament"; "a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FICKLEadjective

    Etymology: ficol, Saxon.

    Remember where we are,
    In France amongst a fickle wavering nation. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    A slave, whose easy borrow’d pride
    Dwells in the fickle grace of her he follows. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Or likest hovering dreams,
    The fickle pensioners of Morpheus’ train. John Milton.

    They know how fickle common lovers are;
    Their oaths and vows are cautiously believ’d;
    For few there are but have been once deceiv’d. Dryden.

    We in vain the fickle sex pursue,
    Who change the constant lover for the new. Matthew Prior.

    He would be loth
    Us to abolish; lest the adversary
    Triumph, and say, fickle their state, whom God
    Most favours! John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fickleadjective

    not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable; of a changeable mind; not firm in opinion or purpose; inconstant; capricious; as, Fortune's fickle wheel


  1. Fickle

    Fickle is an unincorporated town in Washington Township, Clinton County, Indiana.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fickle

    fik′l, adj. inconstant: changeable.—n. Fick′leness. [A.S. ficol; gefic, fraud.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fickle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fickle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of fickle in a Sentence

  1. Meenakshi Bhanja:

    Public memory is fickle, has anything changed in India ? I am sorry to say,' no,'.

  2. Omar Khayyam:

    Lament not Fortune?s mutability, And seize her fickle favours ere they flee; If others never mourned departed bliss, How should a turn of Fortune come to thee?

  3. Chris Lee:

    It's not just the politics that are messed up, it is also the people who have become irrational and fickle that drove me to leave.

  4. Andre Bakhos:

    There looks to be like a little relief bounce this morning as we move into the last two weeks of the year, it's a fickle market. All you have to do is look at what we've done for the year and whatever you're going to see today, there's lower confidence in the direction of any move.

  5. Gina Chang:

    Trump is fickle ... will the shift of orders continue in 2020? we need to wait and see.

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