fruitless fruitless  /f ˈrut ləs/


  • (adj) unproductive of success



  1. After 300 years of fruitless searching, Bessie travels to Cleveland.
  2. The anti-pong activism strikes JV Games' Jaegar as somewhat fruitless.
  3. On the third day of the siege, after a fruitless round of negotiations, another passenger, wearing a yellow shirt and a red tie, was brought to a door of the train.


  1. Fill your plate with practical advice on gardening

    Save yourself some fruitless sweat: Forget about growing tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce and white potatoes this summer.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The News-Press

  2. Social Media Job Search Hail Marys

    You might resort to long shot techniques if your search is proving fruitless.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: US News & World Report

  3. The NHL's Best And Worst Teams For The Buck

    San Jose has famously made a heartbreaking habit out of deep, fruitless playoff runs, but that success coupled with middle-of-the-pack spending has made the Sharks the best NHL team for the buck since the last lockout.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Forbes


  1. Glancing at Potts, Kulongoski recited an excerpt from a letter Abraham Lincoln wrote to a mother who had lost sons in the Civil War: "I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a...
    on Jul 15, 2007 By: Abraham Lincoln Source: The Register-Guard

  2. Mr Tsvangirai said the AU role that he was proposing could not "be a continuation of talks and talks about talks that have been largely fruitless for several years. The time for actions is now. The people and the country can wait no longer. We need...
    on Jun 25, 2008 By: Morgan Tsvangirai Source: BBC News

  3. Mosley said: "After many years of patient but fruitless negotiation with the BRDC (British Racing Drivers' Club), we are delighted that Bernie has nevertheless been able to ensure that the British Grand Prix will keep its place on the Formula One...
    on Jul 4, 2008 By: Max Mosley Source: CNN International

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languish languish
/ˈlæŋɡ wɪʃ /