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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (beyond hope)
a. desesperado (situation)
The sailors realized that it was a hopeless situation and decided to abandon ship.Los marineros se dieron cuenta de que era una situación desesperada y decidieron abandonar el barco.
b. imposible (task or love)
It's hopeless; we'll never be able to finish all this paperwork by the end of the day.Es imposible; no hay forma de que acabemos todo este papeleo hoy.
c. perdido (cause or case)
I'm a hopeless case when it comes to remembering people's names.Cuando se trata de recordar el nombre de la gente, yo soy un caso perdido.
d. inútil (attempt)
I knew it was a hopeless attempt, but what else was there for me to do?Sabía que era un intento inútil, pero ¿qué otra cosa podía hacer?
2. (despairing)
a. desesperanzado (person)
I felt so hopeless when I lost my job; but I found a way to keep going.Me sentía tan desesperanzada cuando perdí el trabajo; pero encontré la forma de seguir adelante.
b. desesperado (person)
He did what he did because he felt hopeless.Hizo lo que hizo porque se sentía desesperado.
c. de desesperación (look or cry)
Her hopeless look said it all.Su mirada de desesperación lo decía todo.
3. (inveterate)
a. empedernido (drunk or smoker)
I have to agree with you when you call yourself a hopeless smoker.Estoy totalmente de acuerdo contigo cuando dices que eres un fumador empedernido.
b. redomado (idiot)
I suppose I'm just another hopeless idiot with ridiculous ambitions.Supongo que no soy más que otro idiota redomado con unas ambiciones ridículas.
c. incurable (liar)
She's a hopeless liar. She lies for no reason at all.Es una mentirosa incurable. Miente sin ton ni son.
4. (incompetent)
a. negado
I don't think he'll last long. He's hopeless as a boss.No creo que dure mucho. Como jefe, es negado.
b. malísimo
He's hopeless playing baseball.Es malísimo jugando al béisbol.
c. inútil
How can you be so hopeless? Even a child could do that!¿Cómo puedes ser tan inútil? ¡Hasta un niño podría hacerlo!
d. el desastre
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Trains in this country are hopeless.Los trenes son un desastre en este país.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (without hope; person)
a. desesperanzado(a), sin esperanza
2. (situation)
a. desesperado(a)
it's hopeless!¡es inútil!
a hopeless causeuna causa perdida
3. (colloquial)
a. malísimo(a) (very bad)
to be hopeless at maths/cookingser nulo(a) or
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hopeless [ˈhəʊplɪs]
1 (impossible) [+task] imposible; [+attempt] vano
he made one last hopeless attempt to enter the burning house her hopeless attempts at salvaging their relationship The task isn't entirely hopeless
[+cause] perdido
It seemed a hopeless cause, despite his determination to save the club from relegation
[+situation, position] desesperado
The club are in a hopeless situation The British position appeared hopeless
[+love] imposible
his attempt to swim the river was hopeless from the beginning su tentativa de cruzar el río a nado estaba condenada al fracaso desde el principio; it's hopeless! ¡es inútil!
a hopeless case (person) un caso perdido
he's a hopeless case! es un caso perdido; no tiene remedio; the doctor says it is a hopeless case el médico dice que no tiene salvación; el médico lo ha desahuciado
a hopeless drunk un borracho empedernido
to be (in) a hopeless mess or muddle [+room] estar hecho un desastre; [+plans] estar muy embrollado; [+person] estar hecho un lío
a hopeless romantic un romántico incorregible
2 (despairing) [+cry] de desesperación; [+grief] desesperado
With a hopeless sigh, Dolly turned away. He had not heard her cry before in this uncontrolled, hopeless way I walked away in an agony of hopeless grief and pity...
to feel hopeless sentirse desesperanzado; she gave a hopeless sigh suspiró desesperada
Pupils feel hopeless about job prospects
3 (not competent)
he's completely hopeless es un inútil (informal); she's a hopeless manager como jefa es una nulidad or es penosa (informal); the buses round here are hopeless los autobuses de por aquí son un desastre
to be hopeless at sth to be hopeless at doing sth
to be hopeless at (doing) sth: he's hopeless at football es un desastre jugando al fútbol; es una nulidad para el fútbol (informal); I was hopeless at school era un negado or una nulidad para los estudios (informal); I'm hopeless at maths/cooking soy un negado para las matemáticas/la cocina
I'm hopeless at making pastry/telling jokes
I'd be hopeless at working for somebody else yo no serviría para trabajar para otros
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Phrases with "hopeless"
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hopeless romantic
el romántico incurable
we found love in a hopeless place
encontramos el amor en un lugar sin esperanza
I am a hopeless romantic
soy un romántico incurable
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