meaningless

[ mee-ning-lis ]
/ ˈmi nɪŋ lɪs /

adjective

without meaning, significance, purpose, or value; purposeless; insignificant: a meaningless reply; a meaningless existence.

Nearby words

  1. meanie,
  2. meaning,
  3. meaningful,
  4. meaningful relationship,
  5. meaningfully,
  6. meaningly,
  7. meanly,
  8. meanness,
  9. means,
  10. means grass

Origin of meaningless

First recorded in 1790–1800; meaning + -less

Related formsmean·ing·less·ly, adverbmean·ing·less·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for meaningless

meaningless

/ (ˈmiːnɪŋlɪs) /

adjective

futile or empty of meaning
Derived Formsmeaninglessly, adverbmeaninglessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for meaningless

meaningless

adj.

1730, from meaning + -less. Related: Meaninglessly; meaninglessness.

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