hapless hapless  /ˈhæ pləs/


  • (adj) deserving or inciting pity


  1. Levin's hapless search for a pub lead him nowhere because it was election time and all bars were closed by Government orders.
  2. The hapless dog did not see the oncoming truck but fortunately received only minor injuries when it struck him.


  1. Brits Off Broadway: Dirty Great Love Story

    A very human tale of good intentions and bad timing. Two hopeful, hapless romantics get drunk, get it on and then get the hell away from each other. In her eyes, he's a mistake. A mistake who keeps turning up at parties. In his eyes, she's perfect. He's short-sighted.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: New York Times

  2. Prospect Rumor Roundup: Astros First Rounders

    If not for the hapless Miami Marlins, the Astros would be in line for the worst record in baseball for the third straight season. Clearly, it's been a rough stretch for the Houston fan base. The good news is that a strong group of reinforcements is on the way to The Show. The fans will have to take a leap of faith while the high-ceiling, minor-league talent rises to the surface. The last two ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: MLB Trade Rumors

  3. Stanton's return means more home runs like this

    The Marlins seem to be on a roll lately, because sweeping five games from the hapless Mets in a 10-day span will do that, but things are actually looking up for Jeffrey Loria’s vanity project.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Sports Illustrated


  1. "To me it was just a litany of complaints that you are all just hapless victims of a system, you blame one thing or another, which most people would say is just simply the cost of doing business," Ms. Feinstein said. "Yet you rack up record...
    on May 21, 2008 By: Dianne Feinstein Source: New York Times

  2. ...Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., accused Mukasey of falsely suggesting that the new policy would automatically set free 1,600 violent offenders "to prey on hapless communities."
    on Feb 12, 2008 By: Patrick Leahy Source: FOXNews

  3. "Leadership starts with the recognition that we have a real problem. Leadership is not the hapless and eternal provision of excuses, nor endless public relations appearances to create the illusion of activity in the absence of real action,"...
    on Feb 14, 2010 By: Ted Baillieu Source: Oneindia

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