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).
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- non·sen·si·cal [non-sen-si-kuhl], /nɒnˈsɛn sɪ kəl/, adjective
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How to use nonsense in a sentence
Turns out that many of the revelations you have wagered your lives on were transparent nonsense, despite your exhaustive research involving Internet memes.Gene Weingarten: I come bearing good news, QAnon. Meet WAnon, the new Mr. Right. | Gene Weingarten | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
This is why nonsense advice like “think positive” usually fails.
The question is why Fox News continues to pay him to sow division and nonsense on the highest-rated show on cable news.
Instead they air fictions about defunding the police or insulting nonsense about Warnock hating America.A disgusting GOP attack ad shows what’s really at stake in Georgia | Greg Sargent | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
I’m not worried about the “microchip tracking devices” nonsense.A doctor on 9 things that could go wrong with the new vaccines | F. Perry Wilson | December 11, 2020 | Vox
The academic, historic, and geopolitical nonsense that Khomeinism equals Iran has lasted long enough.
But the author of The Beauty Myth has become a nonsense-garbling conspiracy theorist.From ISIS to Ebola, What Has Made Naomi Wolf So Paranoid? | Michael Moynihan | October 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In those early days, no-nonsense Anna was a full partner in the business.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas | Nick Kotz | September 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A country that is serious about health reform would not take a limited, valued resource and waste it on nonsense like this.
You can either consume this plasticky PR nonsense and keep watching, or you can walk away.How Could the NFL Not Know About the Brutal Second Ray Rice Tape? | Robert Silverman | September 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Look here, old man, this superstitious nonsense is becoming an obsession to you," it said one fine April morning.Uncanny Tales | Various
If you do not give up thinking and take to nonsense and novels, I shall be called to take you through a nervous fever.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
I don't want to hear any more of that nonsense, nor to have you, Dorothy, go searching for the place.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
"If he would only read our books, and enter into poetry and delight in it; but it is all nonsense to him," said Ethel.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
If you were an only son, it might be your duty to stay; being one of many, 'tis nonsense to make a rout about parting with you.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for nonsense
something that has or makes no sense; unintelligible language; drivel
conduct or action that is absurd
foolish or evasive behaviour or manners: she'll stand no nonsense
things of little or no value or importance; trash
an exclamation of disagreement
- nonsensical (nɒnˈsɛnsɪkəl), adjective
- nonsensically, adverb
- nonsensicalness or nonsensicality, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for nonsense
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with nonsense
see stuff and nonsense.
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