Definition of bootless:
swollen, useless, sleeveless, unsatisfying, deceitful, futile, unreal, inconstant, baseless, nugatory, vapid, vain, used, egotistic, unavailing, barren, otiose, profitless, worthless, null, visionary, ineffectual, trifling, unimportant, in vain, shadowy, unprofitable, self-conceited, empty, conceited, unsuccessful, fruitless, thrive, swollen-headed, abortive, delusive, unsubstantial, egotistical, idle, trivial, unproductive, unserviceable.
The South African Infantry arrived in Kondoa starved and worn and bootless after this forced march to extricate the mounted troops, whose impetuous ardour had thrust them far beyond the possibility of supplies, into the heart of the enemy's country.- "Sketches of the East Africa Campaign", Robert Valentine Dolbey.
And well do I believe you, Master Waller; Those know I who have ventured gift and promise But for a minute of her ear- the boon Of a poor dozen words spoke through a chink- And come off bootless, save the haughty scorn That cast their bounties back to them again.- "The Love-Chase", James Sheridan Knowles.
We therefore thought it bootless to row so far down the stream, or to seek any farther of this old fox; and therefore from the river of Waricapana, which lieth at the entrance of Emeria, we returned again, and left to the eastward those four rivers which fall from the mountains of Emeria into Orenoque, which are Waracayari, Coirama, Akaniri, and Iparoma.- "The Discovery of Guiana", Sir Walter Raleigh.