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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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for jejune

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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