What does nonsense mean?

Definitions for nonsense
ˈnɒn sɛns, -sənsnon·sense

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nonsense, bunk, nonsensicality, meaninglessness, hokumnoun

    a message that seems to convey no meaning

  2. folderal, falderol, frill, gimcrackery, gimcrack, nonsense, trumperyadjective

    ornamental objects of no great value

  3. nonsense(a), nonsensicaladjective

    having no intelligible meaning

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

Wiktionary

  1. nonsensenoun

    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. nonsensenoun

    An untrue statement.

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

  3. nonsensenoun

    Something foolish.

  4. nonsensenoun

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

  5. nonsensenoun

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

  6. nonsenseverb

    To make nonsense of

  7. nonsenseverb

    To attempt to dismiss as nonsense.

  8. nonsenseverb

    To joke around, to waste time

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nonsensenoun

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

  2. Nonsensenoun

    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.

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

  2. Nouns Frequency

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

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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. Heather Wilson:

    It's nonsense. It's just going to prolong the agony and prolong the suffering, there is no integrity in horse racing. These animals are confined 23 hours a day. They are whipped, they are drugged, they are forced to train at 18 months and they are racing them at two years of age.

  2. John Kenneth Galbraith:

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

  3. President Dudley Brownsaid:

    It’s a nonsense 'feel good’ rule that only burdens good people but does nothing to stop violent criminals and gangsters from obtaining guns, this is just one more pathetic gun control ploy from Joe Biden as he bows down to the Gun Control Lobby and their unlawful schemes to destroy the Second Amendment.

  4. Katharine Hepburn:

    All kinds of nonsense, i didn't want to do it, and I walked out. Mayer said,' That girl is a Frankenstein, she's going to ruin our whole firm.' He said,' We made you and we are going to destroy you.'.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    Better to write/say/share a single thought that has got good sense to make a nice difference even if in the life of just one suppressed/oppressed person than to pen/utter/upload multiple quotes that are all nonsense or crap sentence even if those get cheer or clap from many stupid/self-obsessed people

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