Definition of nonsense
1a : words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas “And the mome raths outgrabe” is pure nonsense.b (1) : language, conduct, or an idea that is absurd or contrary to good sense To regard the struggle for existence as tragic, however, is logical nonsense. — O. B. Hardison Jr. (2) : an instance of absurd action Today's teenagers are … sharp observers of the nonsenses of adult life and society … — Bernard Trafford
2a : things of no importance or value : trifles the rancoats are classic, without any nonsense — New Yorkerb : affected or impudent conduct took no nonsense from subordinates The teacher tolerated no nonsense in her classroom.
nonsensicalplay \ˌnän-ˈsen(t)-si-kəl\ adjective
nonsensicallyplay \ˌnän-ˈsen(t)-si-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
nonsensicalnessplay \ˌnän-ˈsen(t)-si-kəl-nəs\ noun
Examples of nonsense in a sentence
I don't know why you believe that nonsense about certain numbers being unlucky.
She thinks that astrology is nonsense.
Don't listen to him. He's talking nonsense.
He was not in the mood to put up with any nonsense from his little brother.
If they start pushing each other or some such nonsense, send them to their rooms.
She doesn't take any nonsense from anyone.
Many of the words in the poem are nonsense.
I understood so few of the words they were using that the conversation sounded like nonsense to me.
First Known Use of nonsense
NONSENSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nonsense for English Language Learners
: words or ideas that are foolish or untrue
: behavior that is silly, annoying, or unkind
: language that has no meaning
NONSENSE Defined for Kids
Definition of nonsense for Students
: foolish or meaningless words, ideas, or actions Don't believe such nonsense.
Medical Definition of nonsense
: consisting of one or more codons that are genetic nonsense nonsense mutations
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