adjective je·june \ji-ˈjün\

: not interesting

: too simple

Full Definition of JEJUNE

:  lacking nutritive value <jejune diets>
:  devoid of significance or interest :  dull <jejune lectures>
:  juvenile, puerile <jejune reflections on life and art>
je·june·ly adverb
je·june·ness \-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

Related to JEJUNE

arid, colorless, drab, dreary, drudging, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, ho-hum, humdrum, jading, boring, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, slow, stale, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearying
absorbing, engaging, engrossing, gripping, interesting, intriguing, involving, riveting

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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