hopeless


hopeless
hope|less [ `houpləs ] adjective *
1. ) if a situation is hopeless, it seems very unlikely to succeed or improve:
The lawyers said it was a hopeless case.
This is hopeless. I'll never learn to swim.
He was indeed a sick man, but the outlook was far from hopeless.
2. ) INFORMAL not skillful at all:
As far as mechanical ability goes, George is hopeless.
hopeless at: I am hopeless at paying my bills on time.
3. ) used for emphasizing how extreme something is:
a hopeless romantic (=very romantic person)
4. ) feeling or showing no hope:
their hopeless faces
╾ hope|less|ness noun uncount

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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