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Examples of jejune in a Sentence
She made jejune remarks about life and art.
another moralizing tale filled with jejune platitudes
Is it jejune?
Starved for excitement? You won't get it from something jejune. That term derives from the Latin jejunus, which means "empty of food," "meager," or "hungry." Back in the 1600s, English speakers used jejune in senses very similar to those of its Latin parent, lamenting "jejune appetites" and "jejune morsels." Something that is meager rarely satisfies, and before long jejune was being used not only for meager meals or hunger, but for things wanting in intellectual or emotional substance. The word most likely gained its "childish" sense when people confused it with the look-alike French word jeune, which means "young."
Origin and Etymology of jejune
Latin jejunus empty of food, hungry, meager
First Known Use: 1646See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of jejune
JEJUNE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jejune for English Language Learners
: not interesting
: too simple
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