What does hapless mean?

Definitions for hapless
ˈhæp lɪshap·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretchedadjective

    deserving or inciting pity

    "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"


  1. haplessadjective

    Very unlucky; ill-fated.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Haplessadjective

    Unhappy; unfortunate; luckless; unlucky.

    Etymology: from hap.

    Hapless Ægeon, whom the fates have mark’d
    To bear th’ extremity of dire mishap! William Shakespeare.

    Here hapless Icarus had found his part,
    Had not the father’s grief restrain’d his art. John Dryden, Æn.

    Did his hapless passion equal mine,
    I would refuse the bliss. Edmund Smith, Phædra and Hippolitus.


  1. hapless

    The Jewish Enquirer (titled Hapless on My5) is a British comedy web series. It premiered on Amazon Prime Video on 28 February 2020 in the UK and Ireland, followed by release in the USA on 30 March 2020. It then launched on Netflix in the UK and Ireland on November 1, 2021.


  1. hapless

    Hapless is an adjective used to describe someone who is unlucky or unfortunate, often seeming to be constantly in situations of difficulty or adversity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Haplessadjective

    without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy; as, hapless youth; hapless maid

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hapless in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hapless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of hapless in a Sentence

  1. Kenji Goto:

    He was hapless and didn't know what he was doing. He needed someone with experience to help him.

  2. John Travolta:

    With no explanation for what theMooses condition is and boy, is whatTravoltadoing a choice Durstand his main star have, rather than giving us a character, merely offered up a hapless, carnival figure of laughable madness, alternately impossible and improbable.

  3. Burgess Owens:

    Im so against anybody portraying that generation that didso much to raise such a great group of kidsto be looked at as hopeless and hapless, they would beput down and disgusted to be looked at as oppressed when we were victors.

  4. Burgess Owens:

    We are not a hapless, hopeless race.

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