1 a characterized by failure, especially by failure to provide for one’s own support, through negligence or incapacity. b lazy. c improvident. d thriftless. 2 destitute of expedients, or not using successful expedients.

Ken is nearly 36 years old, has no job, still lives at home, has three arrests for driving under the influence, and spends most of his days browsing Craig’s List looking for get rich quick schemes that will allow him to keep living a shiftless lifestyle long after his parents die.

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“Shiftless.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/shiftless. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “shiftless”, accessed January 20, 2022, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/shiftless.

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Shiftless. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved January 20, 2022, from https://effinwords.com/dictionary/shiftless

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