- 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
Synonyms for ennui
Related Words for ennuistedium, melancholy, apathy, weariness, sadness, languor, doldrums, surfeit, dejection, listlessness, dissatisfaction, dumps, yawn, fatigue, satiety, blues, lassitude, depression, blahs
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Historical Examples of ennuis
The American "Ace," with his string of medals, then came in for the ennuis of a matinee idol.Flying for France
James R. McConnell
- a feeling of listlessness and general dissatisfaction resulting from lack of activity or excitement
Word Origin for ennui
1660s as a French word in English; nativized by 1758; from French ennui, from Old French enui "annoyance" (13c.), back-formation from enuier (see annoy). Hence ennuyé "afflicted with ennui;" ennuyée a woman so afflicted.
So far as frequency of use is concerned, the word might be regarded as fully naturalized; but the pronunciation has not been anglicized, there being in fact no Eng. analogy which could serve as a guide. [OED]