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[non-sens, -suhns]
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  1. words or language having little or no sense or meaning.
  2. conduct, action, etc., that is senseless, foolish, or absurd: to have tolerated enough nonsense.
  3. impudent, insubordinate, or otherwise objectionable behavior: He doesn't have to take that nonsense from you.
  4. something absurd or fatuous: the utter nonsense of such a suggestion.
  5. anything of trifling importance or of little or no use.
  6. Genetics. a DNA sequence that does not code for an amino acid and is not transcribed (distinguished from sense).
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Origin of nonsense

First recorded in 1605–15; non- + sense
Related formsnon·sen·si·cal [non-sen-si-kuhl] /nɒnˈsɛn sɪ kəl/, adjective

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Related Words for nonsense

madness, silliness, babble, joke, bunk, folly, stupidity, foolishness, drivel, rubbish, baloney, gibberish, trash, absurdity, bananas, balderdash, scrawl, jest, rot, rashness

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Contemporary Examples of nonsense

Historical Examples of nonsense

  • Nonsense must have the dew on it, or it is good for nothing.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • "Nonsense," he laughed, with the air of a man certain of his facts.


    William J. Locke

  • It's all nonsense, and I'm going to see that you're both stopped.

  • I am talking very like nonsense, majie, but I can't do it better.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • That it was only a Yankee ship, any how, and that it is all "blarsted" nonsense to make a fuss about it.

British Dictionary definitions for nonsense


  1. something that has or makes no sense; unintelligible language; drivel
  2. conduct or action that is absurd
  3. foolish or evasive behaviour or mannersshe'll stand no nonsense
  4. See no-nonsense
  5. things of little or no value or importance; trash
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  1. an exclamation of disagreement
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Derived Formsnonsensical (nɒnˈsɛnsɪkəl), adjectivenonsensically, adverbnonsensicalness or nonsensicality, noun
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Word Origin and History for nonsense


1610s, from non- + sense; perhaps influenced by French nonsens.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nonsense in Science


  1. 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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