Meaning of NONSENSE in English


I. ˈnän-ˌsen(t)s, ˈnän(t)-sən(t)s noun

Date: 1614


a. : words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas


(1) : language, conduct, or an idea that is absurd or contrary to good sense

(2) : an instance of absurd action


a. : things of no importance or value : trifles

b. : affected or impudent conduct

took no nonsense from subordinates

3. : genetic information consisting of one or more codons that do not code for any amino acid and usually cause termination of the molecular chain in protein synthesis

• non·sen·si·cal ˌnän-ˈsen(t)-si-kəl adjective

• non·sen·si·cal·ly -k(ə-)lē adverb

• non·sen·si·cal·ness -kəl-nəs noun

II. adjective

Date: 1799

1. : consisting of an arbitrary grouping of speech sounds or symbols

ˈshrȯg-ˌthī-əmpth is a nonsense word

a nonsense syllable

2. : consisting of one or more codons that are genetic nonsense — compare antisense , missense

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