English Grammar: Adjectives Ending in -FUL or -LESS

Learn Common Adjectives Ending in -FUL or -LESS in English Grammar.

Most adjectives which end in -ful make the negative with -less. But, not all.

Adjectives Ending in -FUL or -LESS

The Words Use -FUL & -LESS to Make the Adjectives

1. care

– careful: trying very hard to avoid mistakes, accidents

– careless: not paying enough attention

2. harm

– harmful: causing harm

– harmless: not causing harm

3. help

– helpful: providing useful help

– helpless: unable to look after or help yourself

4. hope

– hopeful: believing that what you hope for is likely to happen

– hopeless: without hope

5. pain

– painful: if a part of your body is painful, it hurts

– painless: causing no pain

6. power

– powerful: having a lot of power or strength

– powerless: not having power

7. thought

– thoughtful: always thinking of the things you can do

– thoughtless: not thinking about the needs and feelings of other people

8. use

– useful: helping you to do or get what you want

– useless: not useful or effective in any way

9. taste

– tasteful: made, decorated, or chosen with good taste

– tasteless: food or drink that is tasteless is unpleasant

10. fear

– fearful: frightened that something bad might happen

– fearless: not afraid of anything

11. colour

– colourful: having bright colours or a lot of different colours

– colourless: having no colour

12. meaning

– meaningful: having a meaning that is easy to understand and makes sense

– meaningless: having no purpose or importance

The Adjectives Take -FUL & -LESS, but not Both

1. awful (/ awesome) –  very bad or unpleasant

2. brainless (unintelligent) – completely stupid

3. countless (/ countable) – too many to be counted

4. dreadful – extremely unpleasant

5. endless – something that is endless seems to continue forever

6. homeless – without a home

7. peaceful –  peaceful time, place, or situation is quiet and calm without any worry or excitement

8. playful – very active, happy, and wanting to have fun

9. priceless – extremely valuable

10. successful (/ unsuccessful) – achieving what you wanted, or having the effect or result you intended

11. timeless – remaining attractive and not becoming old-fashioned

12. wireless – relating to a system of communications that does not use electrical or telephone wires

13. worthless – having no value

14. grateful –  feeling that you want to thank someone

15. skillful – good at doing something

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Nikhil
Nikhil
11 months ago

All the words that end with ful and less

Claire
Claire
10 months ago

All the word have it’s opposite meaning and it all ends with -ful -less.

Claire
Claire
10 months ago

Please vote for me!

Rosemary
Rosemary
8 months ago
Reply to  Claire

I think there are so many and they are enough

Rosemary
Rosemary
8 months ago

The best of the best 😉

Harriet Fleer
Harriet Fleer
5 months ago

Hi I love it it’s amazing for school good job

Carolina
Carolina
3 months ago

thank you. It is a very useful post

Last edited 3 months ago by Carolina
Penny
Penny
1 month ago

Can you help

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