Meaning of “useless” in the English Dictionary

"useless" in British English

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uselessadjective

uk /ˈjuːs.ləs/ us /ˈjuːs.ləs/

B1 of no use; not working or not achieving what is needed:

Without fuel, the vehicles will become useless for moving supplies.
[ + to infinitive ] It's useless to speculate without more information.

mainly UK informal not at all good at doing something:

Don't ask me to add it up - I'm useless at maths.
She's very good at methodical work, but useless when there's a lot of pressure.
You're absolutely useless - can't you even go to the shops without getting lost!

More examples

  • It's useless trying to convince her that she doesn't need to lose any weight.
  • His books are full of repetition and useless information.
  • This computer's bloody useless! It's always going wrong.
  • The shelves were covered with ornaments and useless knick-knacks.
  • For all her qualifications, she's still useless at the job.
uselessly
adverb uk /ˈjuːs.ləs.li/ us /ˈjuːs.ləs.li/

His injured arm hung uselessly at his side.
uselessness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈjuːs.ləs.nəs/ us /ˈjuːs.ləs.nəs/

They complained bitterly about the uselessness of their training.

(Definition of “useless” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"useless" in American English

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uselessadjective

us /ˈjus·ləs/

of no value; worthless:

With dead batteries, the flashlight was useless.

(Definition of “useless” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)