Definitions for "Shiftless"
Destitute of expedients, or not using successful expedients; characterized by failure, especially by failure to provide for one's own support, through negligence or incapacity; hence, lazy; improvident; thriftless; as, a shiftless fellow; shiftless management.
If shiftless ["shift" is a 16th century English word for "resourcefulness"] is taken to mean "lacking in resourcefulness," then the shiftless person is precisely the opposite of a scrounger. However, as a term sometimes used to mean "lacking in ambition," it ought to be reclaimed by idlers. See: UNAMBITIOUS.
lacking or characterized by lack of ambition or initiative; lazy; "a shiftless student"; "studied in a shiftless way"