bootless (adv.) Old form(s): Bootlesse
fruitlessly, uselessly, unsuccessfully, in vain
1H4 III.i.63[Glendower to all, of Bolingbroke] thrice ... have I sent him / Bootless home
H5 III.iii.24[King Henry to citizens of Harfleur] We may as bootless spend our vain command / Upon th'enraged soldiers
JC III.i.75.1[Caesar to all] Doth not Brutus bootless kneel?
MND II.i.37[Fairy to Puck] Are not you he / That ... bootless make the breathless housewife churn
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