• (GA) IPA: /ˈhoʊplɪs/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈhəʊplɪs/


  1. Without hope; despairing; not expecting anything positive.
    • 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, 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 i]:
      I am a woman, friendless, hopeless.
  2. Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate.
    a hopeless cause
  3. Without talent, not skilled
    He's a hopeless writer, but can draw very well.
  4. (of an adverse condition) Incurable.
    She is a hopeless romantic.
    He is a hopeless idler.
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