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jejune

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adjective je·june \ji-ˈjün\

Simple Definition of jejune

  • : not interesting

  • : too simple

Full Definition of jejune

  1. 1 :  lacking nutritive value <jejune diets>

  2. 2 :  devoid of significance or interest :  dull <jejune lectures>

  3. 3 :  juvenile, puerile <jejune reflections on life and art>

je·june·ly adverb
je·june·ness play \-ˈjün-nəs\ noun

Examples of jejune

  1. She made jejune remarks about life and art.

  2. <another moralizing tale filled with jejune platitudes>



Origin of jejune

Latin jejunus empty of food, hungry, meager


First Known Use: 1646

Synonym Discussion of jejune

insipid, vapid, flat, jejune, banal, inane mean devoid of qualities that make for spirit and character. insipid implies a lack of sufficient taste or savor to please or interest <an insipid romance with platitudes on every page>. vapid suggests a lack of liveliness, force, or spirit <an exciting story given a vapid treatment>. flat applies to things that have lost their sparkle or zest <although well-regarded in its day, the novel now seems flat>. jejune suggests a lack of rewarding or satisfying substance <a jejune and gassy speech>. banal stresses the complete absence of freshness, novelty, or immediacy <a banal tale of unrequited love>. inane implies a lack of any significant or convincing quality <an inane interpretation of the play>.


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