Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective hopeless pronunciation in American English /ˈhoʊpləs/
  1. 1
    if a situation is hopeless, it seems very unlikely to succeed or improve
    The lawyers said it was a hopeless case.
    This is hopeless. I’ll never learn to swim.
    He was indeed a sick man, but the outlook was far from hopeless.
    Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    informal not skillful at all
    As far as mechanical ability goes, George is hopeless.
    hopeless at: I am hopeless at paying my bills on time.
    Synonyms and related words
  3. 3
    used for emphasizing how extreme something is
    a hopeless romantic (=very romantic person)
  4. 4
    feeling or showing no hope
    their hopeless faces

derived word


noun [uncountable]
Synonyms and related words


used to describe foods which don't contain ingredients such as wheat, dairy products etc …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

red market

the buying and selling of human organs

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog