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nonsense

noun

  1. (message)  a message that seems to convey no meaning
    Synonyms: bunk, cobblers [Britain, plural], meaninglessness, nonsensicality, fiddle-faddle...
  2. (decoration)  ornamental objects of no great value
    Synonyms: falderol, folderal, frill, trumpery, fiddle-faddle [informal], gimcrack [informal],...
  3. (balderdash)  trivial nonsense
    Synonyms: horsefeathers, piffle, balderdash [informal], fiddle-de-dee [informal, outdated],...

adjective

Etymology summary

"non-" + "sense".
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Nonsense

a communication, via speech, writing, or any other symbolic system, that lacks any coherent meaning. Sometimes in ordinary usage, nonsense is synonymous with absurdity or the ridiculous. Many poets, novelists and songwriters have used nonsense in their... (37 of 1431 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Nonsense

Nonsense (disambiguation)

an utterance or written text that does not in fact carry any identifiable meaning. Nonsense may also mean: Abstract nonsense, a term used by mathematicians to describe certain kinds of arguments and concepts in category theory | In genetics, a nonsense... (40 of 113 words, 4 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

nonsense | bull's wool [Australian, New Zealand, informal, synonym] | codswallop [British, slang, synonym] | bletheration [Scottish, synonym] | bushwa [synonym] | no-nonsense [sense-specific] | drivel [synonym, sense-specific] | trash [synonym, sense-specific]

something that has or makes no sense; unintelligible language; drivel | conduct or action that is absurd | foolish or evasive behaviour or manners | ... (22 of 500 words, 6 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nonsense

Merriam-Webster:

nonsense [entry 1, noun] | beans [nonsense] | blarney [nonsense] | blither [nonsense] | bunk [nonsense] | codswallop [nonsense, British] | crock [nonsense] | drool [nonsense] | fiddlesticks [nonsense] | ...

words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas ; ... | things of no importance or value; "trifles" ; affected or impudent ... (24 of 345 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nonsense

nonsense [entry 2, adjective]

consisting of an arbitrary grouping of speech sounds or symbols | consisting of one or more codons that are genetic nonsense (20 of 44 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nonsense show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

nonsense | make a nonsense of | poppycock [uncountable, outdated]

[singular, uncountable] ideas, behaviour, or statements that are not true or sensible | [uncountable] unreasonable or annoying behaviour | ... (17 of 156 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/nonsense

Wiktionary:

nonsense | nonsensed [past tense] | nonsensing [present participle] | nonsenses [3rd-person singular present] | fiddle-faddle | malarky | mullarkey | fiddledeedee [informal, outdated] | baloney [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

Letters or words, in writing or speech, that have no meaning or seem to have no meaning. | An untrue statement. | Something foolish. | [literary] A type of poetry that contains strange or surreal ideas, as, for example, that written by Edward Lear. | ... (41 of 154 words, 8 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nonsense

Oxford Dictionary:

nonsense | fiddle-de-dee [uncountable, often as exclamation, outdated] | poppycock [informal] | piffle [informal] | horseshit [vulgar, North American] | hooey [informal, North American] | hogwash [informal] | codswallop [British, informal] | bunkum [informal, dated] | ...

spoken or written words that have no meaning or make no sense | [exclamation] : used to show strong disagreement | [modifier] : denoting verse or ... (24 of 108 words, 5 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/nonsense

American Heritage Dictionary:

nonsense | balderdash | hooey [slang]

Words or signs having no intelligible meaning | Subject matter, behavior, or language that is foolish or absurd. | Extravagant foolishness or ... (20 of 101 words, 7 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nonsense

Cambridge Dictionary:

nonsense | bollocks [British, offensive] | bosh [outdated] | codswallop [British, slang] | piffle [old-fashioned informal] | poppycock [old-fashioned disapproving] | tosh [old-fashioned informal]

[singular or U] an idea, something said or written, or behaviour that is silly or stupid | language which cannot be understood because it does not ... (25 of 94 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nonsense

Random House Dictionary:

nonsense

words or language having little or no sense or meaning. | conduct, action, etc., that is senseless, foolish, or absurd. | impudent, insubordinate, or ... (22 of 90 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/nonsense

New World Dictionary:

nonsense | balls [slang] | bushwa [United States, slang] | fiddledeedee [United States, slang] | fiddlesticks [United States, slang] | havers [British] | hooey [United States, slang] | horsefeathers [slang] | tosh [British, informal]

words or actions that convey an absurd meaning or no meaning at all | things of relatively no importance or value; trivialities | impudent, foolish, ... (23 of 86 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nonsense

Encarta Dictionary:

nonsense | nonsenses [plural] | horsefeathers [slang, humorous, singular]

pointless or meaningless language or behavior | disrespectful, obnoxious, or irritating behavior | Same as nonsense verse | a set of three nucleotides ... (20 of 108 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861683721​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

nonsense

First use: 1610s

Origin: "non-" + "sense".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=nonsense

non-

First use: 14th century

Origin: prefix meaning "not, lack of", or "sham", from Anglo-French noun-, from Old French non-, from Latin non "not, not a," from Old ... (24 of 44 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=non-

sense

First use: about 1400

Origin: "faculty of perception", also "meaning or interpretation" (especially of Holy Scripture), from Old French sens, from Latin sensus ... (20 of 150 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=sense

Wiktionary:

nonsense | nonsensed [past tense] | nonsensing [present participle] | nonsenses [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: non- + sense

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nonsense

non-

Origin: Latin non, from Old Latin noenu, noenum, from neoenum ("not one"). See none. | Latin nona ("nine").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/non-

sense | senses [plural] | sensed [past tense] | sensing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English sense, from Old French sens, sen, san ("sense, reason, direction"); partly from Latin sensus ("sensation, feeling, meaning"), from sentiō ("feel, perceive"); partly of Germanic origin... (27 of 67 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sense

New World Dictionary:

nonsense

Origin: "non-" + "sense"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nonsense

non-

Origin: Latin non, not from Old Latin noenum from ne-, negative particle (see "no") + oinom, "one"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/non-prefix

sense | sensed [past tense] | sensing [present participle]

Origin: French sens from Latin sensus from sentire, to feel, perceive: see "send"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sense

Audio references

Wiktionary:

nonsense | nonsensed [past tense] | nonsensing [present participle] | nonsenses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nonsense"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nonsense

Collins Dictionary:

nonsense

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "nonsense"

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www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nonsense

Macmillan British Dictionary:

nonsense

Audio: British English pronunciation of "nonsense"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/nonsense

Macmillan American Dictionary:

nonsense [uncountable]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "nonsense"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "nonsense"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/nonsense

Cambridge Dictionary:

nonsense

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "nonsense"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "nonsense"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nonsense

the Free Dictionary:

nonsense

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "nonsense"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "nonsense"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "nonsense" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/nonsense

Google Dictionary:

nonsense | nonsenses [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "nonsense"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

nonsense

Audio: North American pronunciation of "nonsense"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=nonsen​01 word=nonsense

YourDictionary Audio:

nonsense

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nonsense" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nonsense

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