[non-sen-si-kuh l]


(of words or language) having little or no meaning; making little or no sense: A baby's babbling is appealingly nonsensical.
(of behavior, conduct, actions, etc.) foolish, senseless, fatuous, or absurd: His nonsensical behavior was unusual for such a serious person.
objectionable, impudent, insubordinate: I refuse to listen to that nonsensical gossip.
of trifling importance or of little or no use: I've had more than enough of your nonsensical advice!

Origin of nonsensical

Related formsnon·sen·si·cal·ly, adverbnon·sen·si·cal·i·ty, non·sen·si·cal·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nonsensically

Contemporary Examples of nonsensically

Historical Examples of nonsensically

  • Kate was chattering fastest of all, and loudest—not to say the most nonsensically.

    Countess Kate

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Perry Blair—Blue Jeans, with no rent in his shirt and a nonsensically expensive hat—had been driving a nail into the wall.

    Winner Take All

    Larry Evans

  • It is curious how nonsensically men, otherwise intelligent, will argue whenever they meddle with a question relative to medicine.

Word Origin and History for nonsensically



1650s, from nonsense + -ical. Related: Nonsensically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper