Definition of Fickle

1. Adjective. Marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments. "A flirt's volatile affections"

Exact synonyms: Volatile
Similar to: Inconstant
Derivative terms: Fickleness



2. Adjective. Liable to sudden unpredictable change. "A quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next"
Exact synonyms: Erratic, Mercurial, Quicksilver
Similar to: Changeable, Changeful
Derivative terms: Fickleness

Definition of Fickle

1. a. 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.

Definition of Fickle

1. Adjective. Quick to change one’s opinion or allegiance; insincere; not loyal or reliable. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To deceive; flatter. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive UK dialectal) To puzzle; perplex; nonplus. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Fickle

1. not constant or loyal [adj -LER, -LEST] : FICKLY [adv]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fickle

fibulas
fibulin
fibulocalcaneal
fibulæ
fic
fice
fices
fiche
fiches
fichtelite
fichu
fichus
ficin
ficins
fick's law of diffusion
fickle (current term)
fickled
fickleness
ficklenesses
fickler
fickles
ficklest
fickling
fickly
fico
ficoes
ficoll
ficoll gradient
ficos
ficosis

Literary usage of Fickle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Similes by Frank Jenners Wilstach (1916)
"fickle as a changeful dream. — WALTER SCOTT. Fidget. In a fit of fidgets, when she behaved like a puppy chewing a string, a clumsy woman in a side-saddle, ..."

2. A Complete Word and Phrase Concordance to the Poems and Songs of Robert by J. B. Reid (1889)
"Canst than leave me t the pleasure The fickle Fair can give thee. Farewell ! and ne'er such sorrows tear Is but a fairy treasure, . ..."

3. The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns by Robert Burns (1909)
"fickle FORTUNE—"A FRAGMENT" THOUGH fickle Fortune has deceived me, She promis'd fair and perform'd but ill; Of mistress, friends, and wealth bereav'd me, ..."

4. Cumberland's British Theatre: With Remarks, Biographical & Critical. Printed by Thomas Dolby, George Damiel, D. G., G. D., John Cumberland (1828)
"OLD fickle.—Respectable old-fashioned brown suit—white silk stockings—old men's shoes and buckles—cravat—white curly Wig. ..."

5. Cumberland's British Theatre: With Remarks, Biographical and Critical by John Cumberland (1828)
"... OLD fickle.—Respectable old-fashioned brown suit—white •ilk stockings—old men's shoes and buckles—cravat—white early wig. ..."

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