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  1. without interest or significance; dull; insipid: a jejune novel.
  2. juvenile; immature; childish: jejune behavior.
  3. lacking knowledge or experience; uninformed: jejune attempts to design a house.
  4. deficient or lacking in nutritive value: a jejune diet.
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Origin of jejune

First recorded in 1605–15, jejune is from the Latin word jējūnus empty, poor, mean
Related formsje·june·ly, adverbje·june·ness, je·ju·ni·ty, noun
Can be confusedjejune juvenile
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Related Words

arid, banal, barren, bland, childish, dull, empty, flat, inane, innocuous, insipid, juvenile, meager, sterile, trite, unexciting, vapid

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British Dictionary definitions for jejune


  1. simple; naive; unsophisticated
  2. insipid; dull; dry
  3. lacking nourishment; insubstantial or barren
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Derived Formsjejunely, adverbjejuneness or jejunity, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin jējūnus hungry, empty
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Word Origin and History for jejune


1610s, "dull in the mind, flat, insipid," from Latin ieiunus "empty, dry, barren," literally "fasting, hungry," of obscure origin.

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