What does nonsense mean?

Definitions for nonsense
ˈnɒn sɛns, -sənsnon·sense

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nonsense, bunk, nonsensicality, meaninglessness, hokum(noun)

    a message that seems to convey no meaning

  2. folderal, falderol, frill, gimcrackery, gimcrack, nonsense, trumpery(adj)

    ornamental objects of no great value

  3. nonsense(a), nonsensical(adj)

    having no intelligible meaning

    "nonsense syllables"; "a nonsensical jumble of words"

Wiktionary

  1. nonsense(Noun)

    Letters or words, in writing or speech, that have no meaning or seem to have no meaning.

    After my father had a stroke, every time he tried to talk, it sounded like nonsense.

  2. nonsense(Noun)

    An untrue statement.

    He says that I stole his computer, but that's just nonsense.

  3. nonsense(Noun)

    Something foolish.

  4. nonsense(Noun)

    A type of poetry that contains strange or surreal ideas, as, for example, that written by Edward Lear.

  5. nonsense(Noun)

    A damaged DNA sequence whose products are not biologically active, that is, that does nothing.

  6. nonsense(Verb)

    To make nonsense of

  7. nonsense(Verb)

    To attempt to dismiss as nonsense.

  8. nonsense(Verb)

    To joke around, to waste time

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nonsense(noun)

    that which is not sense, or has no sense; words, or language, which have no meaning, or which convey no intelligible ideas; absurdity

  2. Nonsense(noun)

    trifles; things of no importance

Freebase

  1. Nonsense

    Nonsense is a communication, via speech, writing, or any other symbolic system, that lacks any coherent meaning. Sometimes in ordinary usage, nonsense is synonymous with absurdity or the ridiculous. Many poets, novelists and songwriters have used nonsense in their works, often creating entire works using it for reasons ranging from pure comic amusement or satire, to illustrating a point about language or reasoning. In the philosophy of language and philosophy of science, nonsense is distinguished from sense or meaningfulness, and attempts have been made to come up with a coherent and consistent method of distinguishing sense from nonsense. It is also an important field of study in cryptography regarding separating a signal from noise.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nonsense

    non′sens, n. that which has no sense: language without meaning: absurdity: trifles.—adj. Nonsens′ical, without sense: absurd.—ns. Nonsensical′ity, Nonsens′icalness.—adv. Nonsens′ically.—Nonsense name, an arbitrarily coined name, for mnemonic purposes, &c.; Nonsense verses, verses perfect in form but without any connected sense, being merely exercises in metre, &c.: verses intentionally absurd, like that of the Jabberwock in Through the Looking-glass.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nonsense' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4173

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nonsense' in Nouns Frequency: #2142

How to pronounce nonsense?

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How to say nonsense in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nonsense in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nonsense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of nonsense in a Sentence

  1. John Delaney:

    Let's stop the nonsense of unrealistic and divisive campaign promises and be the party the American people need – a decent, unifying, future-focused and common-sense party, step one is to beat Donald Trump and restore decency to the Office of the President.

  2. Jean Kerr:

    I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas

  3. Donald Trump:

    Look, I know you probably have a lot of questions for me about this impeachment nonsense, i'd love to answer every single one of them, believe me I do, but as you can see from this very loud, running helicopter behind me I'm in a big, big hurry right now. So I don't really have the time but everything is perfect, okay ?

  4. John Kenneth Galbraith:

    It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put on the troubled seas of thought.

  5. Northrop Frye:

    The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.

Images & Illustrations of nonsense

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