[ ji-joon ]
/ dʒɪˈdʒun /


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.

Origin of jejune

First recorded in 1605–15, jejune is from the Latin word jējūnus empty, poor, mean

Related forms

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

Can be confused

jejune juvenile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jejune


/ (dʒɪˈdʒuːn) /


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

Derived Forms

jejunely, adverbjejuneness or jejunity, noun

Word Origin for jejune

C17: from Latin jējūnus hungry, empty
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