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nonsense Line breaks: non|sense
Pronunciation: /ˈnɒns(ə)ns/

Definition of nonsense in English:


[mass noun]
1Spoken or written words that have no meaning or make no sense: he was talking absolute nonsense
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  • Then he comes into this House, along with his colleagues, and talks a lot of drivel and absolute nonsense.
  • I try to write, and manage 60 words of unsatisfactory nonsense before I give up.
  • Like I said earlier, it's absolute nonsense but nonsense which has been crafted with care and boundless enthusiasm.
British informal cobblers, codswallop, cock, stuff and nonsense, tosh, double Dutch, flannel, waffle
Scottish & Northern English informal havers
North American informal garbage, flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesauce
informal , dated bunkum, tommyrot, cod, gammon, toffee
vulgar slang shit, bullshit, crap, bollocks, balls
North American vulgar slang crapola
Australian/New Zealand vulgar slang bulldust
1.1 [as exclamation] Used to show strong disagreement: ‘Nonsense! No one can do that.’
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  • The second man was indignant at hearing this: ‘What nonsense!’
  • As for his assertion that they would have replaced poll tax with a local income tax if it was feasible - nonsense!
  • As a stickler for law and order, I say: nonsense!
1.2 [as modifier] Denoting verse or other writing intended to be amusing by virtue of its absurd or whimsical language: nonsense poetry
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  • I got a text message on my cell phone today with nonsense poetry from an unknown source.
  • The nonsense lyrics are either the ramblings of a burnt out fool or transcendent works of genius.
  • It is not addressed to anyone, is not in the Knave's handwriting, and is actually a set of nonsense verses.
2Foolish or unacceptable behaviour: she’s a strong woman who stands no nonsense
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  • I believed that his romanticisms were foolish nonsense and were to be looked down upon.
  • Referee Peter McCarthy refused to stand for any nonsense and brandished a succession of cards.
  • Frankly, I am not going to stand any of your nonsense; and when you drop it I shall not expect you to stand any of mine.
2.1 [count noun] Something ridiculously impractical or ill-advised: the law is a nonsense the proposal would make a nonsense of their plans
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  • And such, I'm afraid, are the daily nonsenses with which writers are assailed by publishers.
  • Dalrymple takes us on a grand tour of the nonsenses and hypocrisies which surround this tale, and in doing so he exposes, yet again, the cretinous and self-serving nature of much of what passes, these days, for academic discourse.
  • However, the dates make a nonsense of this suggestion.

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