• (America) IPA: /ˈnɑnsɛns/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈnɒnsəns/

nonsense (uncountable)

  1. Letters or words, in writing or speech, that have no meaning or pattern or seem to have no meaning.
    After my father had a stroke, every time he tried to talk, it sounded like nonsense.
  2. An untrue statement.
    He says that I stole his computer, but that's just nonsense.
  3. That which is silly, illogical and lacks any meaning, reason or value; that which does not make sense.
  4. Something foolish.
  5. (literature) A type of poetry that contains strange or surreal ideas, as, for example, that written by Edward Lear.
  6. (biology) A damaged DNA sequence whose products are not biologically active, that is, that does nothing.
  • See Thesaurus:nonsense
  • Synonyms: falsehood, lie, untruth, absurdity, rubbish, tosh
  • Synonyms: absurdity, silliness, contradiction, stupidity, unreasoning
Translations Translations Translations Verb

nonsense (nonsenses, present participle nonsensing; past and past participle nonsensed)

  1. To make nonsense of;
  2. To attempt to dismiss as nonsense; to ignore or belittle the significance of something; to render unimportant or puny.
  3. (intransitive) To joke around, to waste time
  • Synonyms: belittle, dwarf, dismiss,


  1. (biochemistry) Resulting from the substitution of a nucleotide in a sense codon, causing it to become a stop codon (not coding for an amino-acid).
  2. nonsensical
  • French: non-sens
  • Italian: senza senso
  • Portuguese: sem sentido
  • Spanish: sin sentido
  1. An emphatic rejection of something one has just heard and does not believe or agree with.

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