[ in-sig-nif-i-kuhnt ]
/ ˌɪn sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kənt /


unimportant, trifling, or petty: Omit the insignificant details.
too small to be important: an insignificant sum.
of no consequence, influence, or distinction: a minor, insignificant bureaucrat.
without weight of character; contemptible: an insignificant fellow.
without meaning; meaningless: insignificant sounds.


a word, thing, or person without significance.

Nearby words

  1. insightfully,
  2. insigne,
  3. insignia,
  4. insignificance,
  5. insignificancy,
  6. insincere,
  7. insincerity,
  8. insinuate,
  9. insinuating,
  10. insinuation

Origin of insignificant

First recorded in 1620–30; in-3 + significant

Related formsin·sig·nif·i·cant·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for insignificant


/ (ˌɪnsɪɡˈnɪfɪkənt) /


having little or no importance; trifling
almost or relatively meaningless
small or inadequatean insignificant wage
not distinctive in character, etc
Derived Formsinsignificance or insignificancy, nouninsignificantly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for insignificant



1650s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + significant. Related: Insignificantly.

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