Definition of nondescript in English:


Line breaks: non|de¦script
Pronunciation: /ˈnɒndɪskrɪpt



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  • A nondescript person or thing: the nondescripts were straight out of the nine-to-five banking bureaucracy
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    • It is the most costly farce ever misinterpreted by a group of nondescripts.
    • The patron is a nondescript in late middle age who shakes his head.



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  • The temperature reads 81 degrees on a typically hot July day in South Carolina, and a 55-foot sport fishing boat sits almost nondescriptly in the waters off of Hilton Head Island.
  • Dressing nondescriptly can broadcast the message, ‘I'm not looking.’
  • The Badger was a bit past middle age, and dressed nondescriptly.


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  • In fact, when Sir William visited the college last year, he was an inspiration to today's students, who were struck by the essential humility of the man, his apparent nondescriptness, yet, his extraordinary sense of achievement.


late 17th century (in the sense 'not previously described or identified scientifically'): from non- + obsolete descript 'described, engraved' (from Latin descriptus).

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