[ 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.

  1. impudent, insubordinate, or otherwise objectionable behavior: He doesn't have to take that nonsense from you.

  2. something absurd or fatuous: the utter nonsense of such a suggestion.

  3. anything of trifling importance or of little or no use.

  4. Genetics. a DNA sequence that does not code for an amino acid and is not transcribed (distinguished from sense).

Origin of nonsense

First recorded in 1605–15; non- + sense

Other words for nonsense

Other words from nonsense

  • non·sen·si·cal [non-sen-si-kuhl], /nɒnˈsɛn sɪ kəl/, adjective

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How to use nonsense in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for nonsense


/ (ˈnɒnsəns) /

  1. something that has or makes no sense; unintelligible language; drivel

  2. conduct or action that is absurd

  1. foolish or evasive behaviour or manners: she'll stand no nonsense

  2. things of little or no value or importance; trash

  1. an exclamation of disagreement

Derived forms of nonsense

  • nonsensical (nɒnˈsɛnsɪkəl), adjective
  • nonsensically, adverb
  • nonsensicalness or nonsensicality, noun

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Scientific definitions for nonsense


[ nŏnsĕns′ ]

  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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Other Idioms and Phrases with nonsense


see stuff and nonsense.

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