It's Merriam Webster's word of the day for July. Twenty Fourth Merriam Webster's word of the day is brought to you by Capella University at Capella. You can make your dream of earning a p._H._d.. A reality taking the first step can be scary but cappella has built an experience to help you understand every stage of the journey learn more about what it's really liked to earn a doctorate step by step at Capella Dot E._D._U.. Slash word today's word it is hapless spelled H.. P. L. E. S. S. hapless is an adjective that means having no luck unfortunate. Here's the word used in a sentence from the Chicago Tribune by Phil Rosenthal. Whatever your view? Of Team U._S._A.'s route over Thailand or the way they celebrated every goal over that hapless opponent the thirteen to nothing opening victory fueled conversation and interest for Sunday's United States Chile match the word hapless hapless literally means what you'd expect it to me without Hap- HAP- being another word for fortune or luck HAP- derives from the old norse word for good luck a word. That's also the source of our words happen. Happen and happy English has several words to describe those lacking good fortune including ill-starred ill-fated unlucky and luckless a word formed in parallel to hapless by adding the SUFFIX L. E. S. S. ill-starred suggests bringing calamity or the threat of terrible fate as in the ill-starred year the Great Depression began ill-fated refers only to being doomed as in the ill-fated voyage of the titanic.