fickle

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English fikil, fikil, from Old English ficol (fickle, cunning, tricky , deceitful), equivalent to fike +‎ -le. More at fike.

Adjective[edit]

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.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

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

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