Definition of hapless adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhæpləs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæpləs//
[only before noun] (formal)
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not lucky; unfortunate the hapless victims of exploitation Often the hapless victims have no warning that the flood is on its way. Word Originlate Middle English: from hap (in the early sense ‘good fortune’) + -less.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hapless