- Nonsense is defined as words that have no actual meaning, behavior that is silly and foolish or is a word used to express disagreement.
- Silly and meaningless baby talk is an example of nonsense.
- Behaving in a silly and foolish manner is an example of nonsense.
- When someone says you are mean and you want to disagree, this is an example of a situation where you might say "Nonsense, I am very nice."
Nonsense behavior can be fun.
nonsense definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- words or actions that convey an absurd meaning or no meaning at all
- things of relatively no importance or value; trivialities
- impudent, foolish, or evasive behavior
Origin: non- plush sense
- designating or of syllables or words constructed of sounds or symbols arranged arbitrarily so as to have no meaning
- of or designating verse, poetry, or other literary composition consisting of words or syllables that convey an absurd meaning or no meaning at all
how foolish; how absurd: an exclamation of impatience, contradiction, contempt, etc.
nonsense definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Words or signs having no intelligible meaning: a message that was nonsense until decoded.
- Subject matter, behavior, or language that is foolish or absurd.
- Extravagant foolishness or frivolity: a clown's exuberant nonsense.
- Matter of little or no importance or usefulness: a chatty letter full of gossip and nonsense.
- Insolent talk or behavior; impudence: wouldn't take any nonsense from the children.
Genetics Of or 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.interjection
Used to express disagreement or exasperation.
nonsense - Phrases/Idioms
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
see stuff and nonsense.
nonsense - Science Definition
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.