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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  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. Osho, My Way: The Way of The White Clouds:

    If people become ecstatic the whole society will have to change, because this society is based on misery. If people are blissful you cannot lead them to war -- to Vietnam, or to Egypt, or to Israel. No. Someone who is blissful will just laugh and say: This is nonsense!

  2. John Kennedy:

    I’ll vote to shut government down if they want to throw in a bunch of nonsense in the bill.

  3. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Our reality is getting funnier and funnier, comical nightmare of black humor, and funny and scary, shock humor. The comical, dreamlike paradoxes of egoism are becoming more and more. 2. Stubbornness is cartoonish thinking that anything is possible. This is the inexhaustible energy of success. 3. Open in yourself the philosophy of love without self-interest and selfishness, and you will become much happier and more joyful. Let your heart become a philosopher of selfless love. 4. Alone, you will grow old faster in mind. Like a fish in the depths of the endless emptiness of nonsense. 5. The great matrix of loneliness, where money rules, there will always be formal loneliness, robotic consciousness. 6. Music is a lullaby of consciousness, we dance to death. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    We feel like we are drowning and dissolving in nonsense, as if scattering in inevitability, we cease to exist. And feel the meaning. We stop breathing, choking on inevitability.

  5. John Kasich:

    I flat out condemned the idea that we were going to have Muslims register, the idea that we're going to repel an entire group of people on the basis of their religion, it's nonsense.

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