Fruit"less (?), a.

1.

Lacking, or not bearing, fruit; barren; destitute of offspring; as, a fruitless tree or shrub; a fruitless marriage.

Shak.

2.

Productive of no advantage or good effect; vain; idle; useless; unprofitable; as, a fruitless attempt; a fruitless controversy.

They in mutual accusation spent The fruitless hours. Milton.

Syn. -- Useless; barren; unprofitable; abortive; ineffectual; vain; idle; profitless. See Useless.

-- Fruit"less*ly, adv. -- Fruit"lness*ness, n.

 

© Webster 1913.

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