Origin of fickleMiddle English fikel from Old English ficol, tricky from base of befician, to deceive, akin to gefic, betrayal, deceit: for Indo-European base see fey
An example of fickle is a child’s short attention span to new toys.
Origin of fickleMiddle English fikel from Old English ficol deceitful
(comparative fickler or more fickle, superlative ficklest or most fickle)
(third-person singular simple present fickles, present participle fickling, simple past and past participle fickled)
From Middle English fikelen, from fikel (“fickle”); see above. Cognate with Low German fikkelen (“to deceive, flatter”), German ficklen, ficheln (“to deceive, flatter”).
- Sasha's moods were varied and fickle, never lasting too long.
- The woman he married would have to pattern her life to the fickle fate of politics.
- The moon is a fickle lover, like a beautiful woman…she gives her whole heart but once a month and leaves you before dawn…why fear you the night?
- He was an enthusiastic, but a fickle and ambitious demagogue, and he achieved a better reputation as a writer.
- Parkside's economy was less than spectacular, but at least it didn't require dependency on the fickle business of mines, steel or manufacturing for its fiscal survival.