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nondescript

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adjective non·de·script \ˌnän-di-ˈskript\

Simple Definition of nondescript

  • : not easily described : having no special or interesting qualities, parts, etc. : typical and uninteresting

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of nondescript

  1. 1 :  belonging or appearing to belong to no particular class or kind :  not easily described

  2. 2 :  lacking distinctive or interesting qualities :  dull, drab

nondescript noun

Examples of nondescript in a sentence

  1. I work in one of the nondescript office buildings downtown.

  2. Their performance was disappointingly nondescript.



Did You Know?

It is relatively easy to describe the origins of "nondescript" (and there's a hint in the first part of this sentence). "Nondescript" was formed by combining the prefix non- (meaning "not") with the past participle of the Latin verb describere, meaning "to describe." It is no surprise, then, that when the word was adopted in the late 17th century by English speakers, it was typically applied to something (such as a genus or species) that had not yet been described. Other descriptive descendants of "describere" in English include "describe," "description," and "descriptive" itself, as well as the rare philosophical term "descriptum" ("something that is described").

Origin of nondescript

non- + Latin descriptus, past participle of describere to describe


First Known Use: 1789


NONDESCRIPT Defined for Kids

nondescript

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adjective non·de·script \ˌnän-di-ˈskript\

Definition of nondescript for Students

  1. :  having no special or interesting characteristics :  not easily described <a nondescript building>





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