• IPA: /ˈfɪk.əl/

fickle (comparative fickler, superlative ficklest)

  1. Quick to change one’s opinion or allegiance; insincere; not loyal or reliable.
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene v], page 69 ↗:
      O Fortune, Fortune, all men call thee fickle, / If thou art fickle, what doſt thou with him / That is renown'd for faith? be fickle Fortune: / For then I hope thou wilt not keepe him long, / But ſend him backe.
  2. (figurative) Changeable.
    • 2014, Paul Salopek, Blessed. Cursed. Claimed., National Geographic (December 2014)
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Translations Translations Verb

fickle (fickles, present participle fickling; past and past participle fickled)

  1. (transitive) To deceive, flatter.
  2. (transitive, UK dialectal) To puzzle, perplex, nonplus.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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