- words or language having little or no sense or meaning.
- conduct, action, etc., that is senseless, foolish, or absurd: to have tolerated enough nonsense.
- impudent, insubordinate, or otherwise objectionable behavior: He doesn't have to take that nonsense from you.
- something absurd or fatuous: the utter nonsense of such a suggestion.
- anything of trifling importance or of little or no use.
- Genetics. a DNA sequence that does not code for an amino acid and is not transcribed (distinguished from sense).
Origin of nonsense
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Examples from the Web for nonsense
A country that is serious about health reform would not take a limited, valued resource and waste it on nonsense like this.Why Your Doctor Feels Like a 'Beaten Dog'
September 11, 2014
She describes Coles, along with Cosmo Executive Editor Leslie Yazel, as “smart and funny, no nonsense, true to her word.”Joanna Coles: Why Cosmopolitan Does Sexy and Serious So Well
August 22, 2014
He now faced being arrested yet again for what seemed like nonsense.The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops
July 24, 2014
But none of this stops Kennedy from trafficking in slander and nonsense.Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Twisted Anti-Vaxx History
July 23, 2014
For Sanders, all of that speculation is nonsense, Beltway gossip that is distracting people from running to the barricades.Can This Ornery Socialist Spoil the Clinton Coronation?
July 2, 2014
Nonsense must have the dew on it, or it is good for nothing.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
"Nonsense," he laughed, with the air of a man certain of his facts.Viviette
William J. Locke
It's all nonsense, and I'm going to see that you're both stopped.Way of the Lawless
I am talking very like nonsense, majie, but I can't do it better.Weighed and Wanting
That it was only a Yankee ship, any how, and that it is all "blarsted" nonsense to make a fuss about it.
- something that has or makes no sense; unintelligible language; drivel
- conduct or action that is absurd
- foolish or evasive behaviour or mannersshe'll stand no nonsense
- See no-nonsense
- things of little or no value or importance; trash
- an exclamation of disagreement
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Word Origin and History for nonsense
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to a mutation in a structural gene that changes a nucleotide triplet into a stop codon, thus prematurely terminating the polypeptide chain during protein synthesis. See more at point mutation.
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Idioms and Phrases with nonsense
see stuff and nonsense.
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