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nondescript

[non-di-skript] /ˌnɒn dɪˈskrɪpt/
adjective
1.
of no recognized, definite, or particular type or kind:
a nondescript novel; a nondescript color.
2.
undistinguished or uninteresting; dull or insipid:
The private detective deliberately wore nondescript clothes.
noun
3.
a person or a thing of no particular or notable type or kind.
Origin of nondescript
1675-1685
1675-85; non- + Latin dēscrīptus (past participle of dēscrībere to describe, define, represent; see describe)
Synonyms
1. undistinctive, usual, ordinary, unexceptional.
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  • The nondescript knew two Miss Dorrits; one who was born inside—That was the one!

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He was dressed in the nondescript costume he had worn at their first meeting.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • All the rooms were empty except for some nondescript lumber in one or two.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • The pilot and one of the nondescript men were the first over.

    A World is Born

    Leigh Douglass Brackett
  • The waistcoat is nondescript, but the boots are irreproachable.

    Canada and the Canadians Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
British Dictionary definitions for nondescript

nondescript

/ˈnɒndɪˌskrɪpt/
adjective
1.
lacking distinct or individual characteristics; having no outstanding features
noun
2.
a nondescript person or thing
Word Origin
C17: from non- + Latin dēscriptus, past participle of dēscribere to copy, describe
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Word Origin and History for nondescript
adj.

1680s, "not hitherto described," in scientific usage, coined from non- + Latin descriptus, past participle of describere (see describe). General sense of "not easily described or classified" is from 1806.

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