jejune

[ ji-joon ]
/ dʒɪˈdʒun /

adjective

without interest or significance; dull; insipid: a jejune novel.
juvenile; immature; childish: jejune behavior.
lacking knowledge or experience; uninformed: jejune attempts to design a house.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM jejune

je·june·ly, adverbje·june·ness, je·ju·ni·ty, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH jejune

jejune , juvenile.
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British Dictionary definitions for jejune

jejune
/ (dʒɪˈdʒuːn) /

adjective

simple; naive; unsophisticated
insipid; dull; dry
lacking nourishment; insubstantial or barren

Derived forms of jejune

jejunely, adverbjejuneness or jejunity, noun

Word Origin for jejune

C17: from Latin jējūnus hungry, empty
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