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nonsense

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noun non·sense \ˈnän-ˌsen(t)s, ˈnän(t)-sən(t)s\

Simple Definition of nonsense

  • : words or ideas that are foolish or untrue

  • : behavior that is silly, annoying, or unkind

  • : language that has no meaning

Full Definition of nonsense

  1. 1 a :  words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas b (1) :  language, conduct, or an idea that is absurd or contrary to good sense (2) :  an instance of absurd action

  2. 2 a :  things of no importance or value :  trifles b :  affected or impudent conduct <took no nonsense from subordinates>

  3. 3 :  genetic information consisting of one or more codons that do not code for any amino acid and usually cause termination of the molecular chain in protein synthesis

non·sen·si·cal play \ˌnän-ˈsen(t)-si-kəl\ adjective
non·sen·si·cal·ly play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
non·sen·si·cal·ness play \-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of nonsense

  1. I don't know why you believe that nonsense about certain numbers being unlucky.

  2. She thinks that astrology is nonsense.

  3. Don't listen to him. He's talking nonsense.

  4. He was not in the mood to put up with any nonsense from his little brother.

  5. If they start pushing each other or some such nonsense, send them to their rooms.

  6. She doesn't take any nonsense from anyone.

  7. Many of the words in the poem are nonsense.

  8. I understood so few of the words they were using that the conversation sounded like nonsense to me.



1614

First Known Use of nonsense

1614


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nonsense

adjective non·sense

Definition of nonsense

  1. 1 :  consisting of an arbitrary grouping of speech sounds or symbols <\ˈshrȯg-ˌthī-əmpth\ is a nonsense word> <a nonsense syllable>

  2. 2 :  consisting of one or more codons that are genetic nonsense — compare antisense, missense



1799

First Known Use of nonsense

1799



NONSENSE Defined for Kids

nonsense

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noun non·sense \ˈnän-ˌsens, -səns\

Definition of nonsense

  1. :  foolish or meaningless words, ideas, or actions <Don't believe such nonsense.>





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