What does the word hapless mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by W.H.G. Kingston
  3. That hapless guest, alas! – The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, translated by Alexander Pope
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