- 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
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Examples from the Web for jejune
Well, at least he came to see how jejune his earlier view was.How Robert Nozick Turned on Robert Nozick
May 22, 2012
My money is on Crusading Carly to oust the jejune and pointless Barbara Boxer.
So there we have it: My money is on Crusading Carly to oust the jejune and pointless Barbara Boxer.
All the native annalists are jejune to an exasperating degree.Ireland under the Tudors, Volume I (of II)
The stuff was undeniably poor, though it was not so jejune as it seemed to Kent.Cynthia
The only thing to be regretted in the volume is the arid and jejune character of the style.A Critic in Pall Mall
How jejune and inconsiderable it seems in comparison with your great system!The Letters of William James, Vol. II
After some jejune remarks upon this question he drops into theology and winds up with a little sermon.Flowers of Freethought
George W. Foote
- simple; naive; unsophisticated
- insipid; dull; dry
- lacking nourishment; insubstantial or barren
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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