• (British) IPA: /ˈfjuː.taɪl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈfju.taɪ.əl/, /ˈfju.təl/


  1. Incapable of producing results; doomed not to be successful; not worth attempting.
    • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828 ↗:
      There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. […] Stewards, carrying cabin trunks, swarm in the corridors. Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place.
    Synonyms: useless
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