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unmeaning

[uhn-mee-ning] /ʌnˈmi nɪŋ/
adjective
1.
not meaning anything; devoid of intelligence, sense, or significance, as words or actions; pointless; empty.
2.
expressionless, vacant, or unintelligent, as the face; insipid.
Origin of unmeaning
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705; un-1 + meaning
Related forms
unmeaningly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unmeaning
Historical Examples
  • The daughter looked at me again, and sickened me with her unmeaning laughter.

  • Dick's answer came in the like unmeaning tones, and as wearily.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • But to us the distinction is unmeaning, and belongs to a stage of philosophy which has passed away.

    Philebus Plato
  • They did not see that they had a word only, and in one sense the most unmeaning of words.

    Timaeus Plato
  • Are my wife and my children slaves of an unmeaning chance—and yet can smile and laugh?

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • I asked the reason of this repugnance, and she only gave me a vague, unmeaning answer.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • I muttered out some unmeaning words—I know not well what—about duty and the like.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • There's no refinement, no elegance, in one of your sweet, unmeaning smiles.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • Then you defend the introduction of unmeaning piscinæ and candlesticks?

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • But this burden is not unmeaning, and signifies "Hail to the noon."

British Dictionary definitions for unmeaning

unmeaning

/ʌnˈmiːnɪŋ/
adjective
1.
having no meaning
2.
showing no intelligence; vacant: an unmeaning face
Derived Forms
unmeaningly, adverb
unmeaningness, noun
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