- of no recognized, definite, or particular type or kind: a nondescript novel; a nondescript color.
- undistinguished or uninteresting; dull or insipid: The private detective deliberately wore nondescript clothes.
- a person or a thing of no particular or notable type or kind.
Origin of nondescript
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1. undistinctive, usual, ordinary, unexceptional.
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Examples from the Web for nondescript
I met Hutcherson at a nondescript hotel suite in downtown Toronto.Josh Hutcherson on the J. Law Hacking Scandal and Life After 'The Hunger Games'
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In between a female sex shop and trendy boutiques is a nondescript store selling all manner of bras, corsets, and other lingerie.New York's Sexiest Kosher Corsets
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My sleep is again hot and disrupted, but thankfully the dreams are nondescript.Gaza, You're No Good For My Marriage
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At the center of allegations about a political cover-up is a nondescript Edwardian terraced house in West London.Alleged U.K. Parliamentary Pedophile Ring Hushed Up for Decades
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Less than 25 minutes from the Navy Yard, Sharpshooters Small Arms Range is the definition of nondescript.A Visit to Sharpshooters, Where Aaron Alexis Bought His Shotgun
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The nondescript knew two Miss Dorrits; one who was born inside—That was the one!Little Dorrit
He was dressed in the nondescript costume he had worn at their first meeting.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
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All the rooms were empty except for some nondescript lumber in one or two.Within the Tides
The pilot and one of the nondescript men were the first over.A World is Born
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The waistcoat is nondescript, but the boots are irreproachable.Canada and the Canadians
Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
- lacking distinct or individual characteristics; having no outstanding features
- a nondescript person or thing
C17: from non- + Latin dēscriptus, past participle of dēscribere to copy, describe
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Word Origin and History for nondescript
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