fickle

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɪk.əl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪkəl

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.
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene v], page 69:
      O Fortune, Fortune, all men call thee fickle, / If thou art fickle, what doſt thou with him / That is renown'd for faith? be fickle Fortune: / For then I hope thou wilt not keepe him long, / But ſend him backe.
    • 2010, James Murphy (lyrics and music), “Home”, in This Is Happening, performed by LCD Soundsystem:
      As night has such a local ring / And love and rock are fickle things
  2. (figuratively) Changeable.
    • 2014, Paul Salopek, Blessed. Cursed. Claimed., National Geographic (December 2014)[1]
      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.
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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, Britain dialectal) To puzzle, perplex, nonplus.

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