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Webster 1913 Edition


Fickle

Fic′kle

,
Adj.
[OE.
fikel
untrustworthy, deceitful, AS.
ficol
, fr.
fic
,
gefic
, fraud, deceit; cf.
fācen
deceit, OS.
f[GREEK]kn
, OHG.
feichan
, Icel.
feikn
portent. Cf.
Fidget
.]
Not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable; of a changeable mind; not firm in opinion or purpose; inconstant; capricious;
as, Fortune’s
fickle
wheel
.
Shak.
Syn. – Wavering; irresolute; unsettled; vacillating; unstable; inconsonant; unsteady; variable; mutable; changeful; capricious; veering; shifting.

Webster 1828 Edition


Fickle

FICK'LE

,
Adj.
[L. vacillo; Gr.; Heb. to stagger.]
1.
Wavering; inconstant; unstable; of a changeable mind; irresolute; not firm in opinion or purpose; capricious.
They know how fickle common lovers are.
2.
Not fixed or firm; liable to change or vicissitude; as a fickle state.

Definition 2022


fickle

fickle

English

Adjective

fickle (comparative fickler or more fickle, superlative ficklest or most fickle)

  1. Quick to change one’s opinion or allegiance; insincere; not loyal or reliable.
  2. (figuratively) changeable
    • 2014, Paul Salopek, Blessed. Cursed. Claimed., National Geographic (December 2014)
      To the south, the vast geometrical deserts of Arabian nomads, a redoubt of feral movement, of fickle winds, of open space, of saddle leather—home to the wild Bedouin tribes.
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English fikelen, from fikel (fickle); see above. Cognate with Low German fikkelen (to deceive, flatter), German ficklen, ficheln (to deceive, flatter).

Verb

fickle (third-person singular simple present fickles, present participle fickling, simple past and past participle fickled)

  1. (transitive) To deceive, flatter.
  2. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To puzzle, perplex, nonplus.