careless Definition

not giving enough attention or thought to what you are doing, so that you make mistakes, damage things, or cause harm or injury to yourself or others.

Using careless: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "careless" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was careless with the knife and cut his finger.

  • Example

    The accident was caused by a careless driver.

  • Example

    She made a careless mistake on the test and failed.

careless Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for careless

Antonyms for careless

Phrases with careless

  • careless talk

    talking about something that should be kept secret


    Careless talk costs lives.

  • driving without paying enough attention to the road or other drivers


    Careless driving can result in accidents and injuries.

  • a song by George Michael about a secret love affair


    I love listening to 'Careless Whisper' on the radio.


Summary: careless in Brief

The term 'careless' [ˈkeələs] refers to not giving enough attention or thought to what you are doing, resulting in mistakes, damage, or harm. It is often used to describe drivers, workers, and students who make errors due to lack of focus. Phrases like 'careless talk' and 'careless driving' highlight the consequences of such behavior.

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