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    doddering and shiftless

    In the extract below, does the word shiftless mean lazy, incompetent, useless?

    Verena was a poor old widow, doddering and shiftless: Charity suspected that she came for her keep.


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    Re: doddering and shiftless

    Yes, you are right.

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    Re: doddering and shiftless

    Additionally,

    a. Lacking ambition or purpose; lazy
    b. Characterized by a lack of ambition or energy

    shiftless - Definitions from Dictionary.com

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