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