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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.


  1. fickle

    The term "fickle" refers to someone or something that frequently changes their mind, attitudes, or preferences, often without any apparent reason or logic. It may describe inconsistent behavior or the tendency to be unreliable and unpredictable in making decisions or sticking to commitments.

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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fickle is ranked #32900 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fickle surname appeared 697 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fickle.

    96.5% or 673 total occurrences were White.
    1.5% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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. Andre Bakhos:

    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.

  3. Paul Dergarabedian:

    As unpredictable and fickle as young adults are, so are the performances of films that target that audience.

  4. Meenakshi Bhanja:

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

  5. Thomas Sanderson:

    IS has learned that you don't want to be reliant on too many outside sources, donors are fickle and subject to pressure and (IS) wants to be in control.

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