meaningless

adjective

mean·​ing·​less ˈmē-niŋ-ləs How to pronounce meaningless (audio)
1
: having no meaning
especially : lacking any significance
2
: having no assigned function in a language system
meaninglessly adverb
meaninglessness noun

Examples of meaningless in a Sentence

He felt that his work was meaningless. The movie was filled with meaningless violence.
Recent Examples on the Web The point of the joke is that winning the offseason is meaningless, and the teams making the offseason headlines would be far better off, well, focusing on the field. Don Yaeger, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Morrisseau’s works were not meaningless paintings but precious, irreplaceable examples of the Anishinaabe experience in Canada and the world. Jordan Michael Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 That leaves the results Tuesday as technically meaningless in the Republican race. Michelle L. Price, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024 Others say that the text is an artificial language or strange shorthand, and others still see the text as meaningless scribbles. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 And for every influencer currently ordering a fur coat, other TikTok users are saying that these trends increasingly feel manufactured and meaningless. Callie Holtermann, New York Times, 28 Jan. 2024 The code was incomplete, meaningless out of context, but its origin was unmistakable. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 6 Feb. 2024 The rapper, who was not in attendance, took to his Instagram stories to remind his fellow artists that music’s big night is actually meaningless. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 5 Feb. 2024 Strength for strength’s sake is kind of meaningless. William Earl, Variety, 21 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of meaningless was in 1796

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“Meaningless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meaningless. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

meaningless

adjective
mean·​ing·​less ˈmē-niŋ-ləs How to pronounce meaningless (audio)
1
: having no meaning or significance
meaningless chatter
2
: lacking motive
a meaningless murder
meaninglessly adverb
meaninglessness noun

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