Part of speech: adjective

Having no luck or hap; unfortunate; unhappy.

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Usage examples "hapless":

  1. Then Detchard wrenched himself free from the feeble grip, and, as I entered, drove his sword through the hapless man. - "The Prisoner of Zenda", Anthony Hope.
  2. The boat, notwithstanding, was lowered, and the men rowed round and round the spot hoping to get a blow at their foe with the boat- hook and an axe with which one of them had armed himself; but neither the shark nor his hapless victim again appeared. - "The Three Lieutenants", W.H.G. Kingston.
  3. That hapless guest, alas! - "The Odyssey of Homer", Homer, translated by Alexander Pope.