[ ahn-wee, ahn-wee; French ahn-nwee ]
/ ɑnˈwi, ˈɑn wi; French ɑ̃ˈnwi /


a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom: The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui.

Origin of ennui

1660–70; < French: boredom; Old French enui displeasure; see annoy
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/ (ˈɒnwiː, French ɑ̃nɥi) /


a feeling of listlessness and general dissatisfaction resulting from lack of activity or excitement

Word Origin for ennui

C18: from French: apathy, from Old French enui annoyance, vexation; see annoy
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