- Lacking, or not bearing, fruit; barren; destitute of offspring; as, a fruitless tree or shrub; a fruitless marriage.
- Productive of no advantage or good effect; vain; idle; useless; unprofitable; as, a fruitless attempt; a fruitless controversy.
"They in mutual accusation spent
The fruitless hours." [Milton.]synonyms: Useless; barren; unprofitable; abortive; ineffectual; vain; idle; profitless. See Useless.