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jejune

[ ji-joon ]
/ dʒɪˈdʒun /
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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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jehu, jejun-, jejunal, jejunal and ileal veins, jejunal artery, jejune, jejunectomy, jejunitis, jejuno-, jejunocolostomy, jejunoileal

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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British Dictionary definitions for jejunity

jejune

/ (dʒɪˈdʒuːn) /

adjective

simple; naive; unsophisticated
insipid; dull; dry
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 jejunity

jejune


adj.

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

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