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.
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 and Etymology of nondescript
non- + Latin descriptus, past participle of describere to describe
First Known Use: 1789
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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