1. hapless

adjective. ['ˈhæpləs'] deserving or inciting pity.


  • unfortunate
  • pitiable
  • pitiful
  • wretched
  • piteous
  • poor
  • pathetic
  • misfortunate


  • ample
  • estimable
  • superior
  • happy


  • -less (English)
  • -leas (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • hap (English)
  • hap (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Hapless

  • accomplice
  • aeschelus
  • ageless
  • aimless
  • airless
  • alice
  • anschluss
  • argyropoulos
  • bacillus
  • backless
  • baseless
  • blameless
  • bloodless
  • bolus
  • boneless
  • borealis
  • bottomless
  • boundless
  • bowlus
  • breathless

Sentences with hapless

1. Noun, singular or mass
Tens of thousands of French troops died in hapless charges into the teeth of German defensive lines.

2. Adjective
Barn owls do not get large enough to swoop down and grab hapless dogs or cats.

Quotes about hapless

1. Once, poets were magicians. Poets were strong, stronger than warriors or kings — stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again.
- Greg Bear

2. While it was well within their powers to toy around with mortals like hapless puppets, deeper human workings remained elusive to them. The heart, the soul, the very foundation of man’s nature—those were mysteries to the gods, for all their manipulations.
- Hayden Thorne, Arabesque

3. Traps!"he said. "Never in the world! Don't think it! Why, Gower is just a necessary olf bore. Nobody's supposed to know much about him--except instructors and their hapless students.
- Henry Blake Fuller, Bertram Cope's Year