Definition of nondescript
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Examples of nondescript in a Sentence
I work in one of the nondescript office buildings downtown.
Their performance was disappointingly nondescript.
Recent Examples of nondescript from the Web
That strange situation made Shaub, a stocky, nondescript, bureaucrat, into an unlikely heartthrob and hero for some of the president’s critics.
That is where, in an office on the 11th floor of a nondescript building, Peter Kayser inspects high-value diamonds that could be worth anywhere from tens of thousands to millions of dollars.
But this is nesting season and the little white birdhouse at the garden’s edge was also buzzing with activity as tiny house wrens shuttled delicious morsels such as earwigs, small worms and nondescript spiders to the hungry chicks inside.
A space was found under a kinesiologist’s office in a nondescript cement building.
Finding apps for Symbian, Nokia's dominant smartphone operating system at the time, meant navigating a mess of nondescript Web portals and downloading suspect zip files.
From McConnell's small office on the third floor of the nondescript building in Fort Wright, Shane Noem saw the protests.
The strike on IDT, a conglomerate with headquarters in a nondescript gray building here with views of the Manhattan skyline 15 miles away, was similar to WannaCry in one way: Hackers locked up IDT data and demanded a ransom to unlock it.
All of the videos were filmed on a black leather sofa in a nondescript room, and were structured to sound like an interview for an erotic-modeling job.
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How nondescript Was Formed
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 and Etymology of nondescript
non- + Latin descriptus, past participle of describere to describe
First Known Use: 1789See Words from the same year
NONDESCRIPT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nondescript for English Language Learners
: not easily described : having no special or interesting qualities, parts, etc. : typical and uninteresting
NONDESCRIPT Defined for Kids
Definition of nondescript for Students
: having no special or interesting characteristics : not easily described a nondescript building
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