- 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.
- Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate.
- a hopeless cause
- Without talent, not skilled
- He's a hopeless writer, but can draw very well.
- (of an adverse condition) Incurable.
- She is a hopeless romantic.
- He is a hopeless idler.
- French: désespéré
- German: hoffnungslos
- Italian: disperato
- Portuguese: desesperado, desesperançado
- Russian: безнадёжный
- Spanish: desesperado