Definition of nonsense in English:

nonsense

noun

  • 1Spoken or written words that have no meaning or make no sense:

    ‘he was talking absolute nonsense’
    • ‘It made sense at that moment, you know, to roar incoherent nonsense while standing on stage with one of my musical icons.’
    • ‘My wife thinks he's some kind of demi-god and I'm just the bloke in the study writing nonsense, you know.’
    • ‘People get very frustrated because they're trying to make sense out of nonsense.’
    • ‘In 1951 if I had said I was going to the deli to pick up a sixpack of coke, people would have thought I was speaking nonsense; the words were foreign.’
    • ‘I think I am blabbering nonsense and I should stop.’
    • ‘I re-read the essay tonight, and it still reads like nonsense (not a word I use lightly) to me.’
    • ‘His biography is eminently sensible on a subject about which much high-flown transcendental nonsense has been written.’
    • ‘But I did produce much nonsense and some actual words on stacks of punch cards.’
    • ‘But what possesses them to write such nonsense with a straight face is beyond me.’
    • ‘The interesting thing is that he wrote this nonsense in October 2001-months before New Jersey officials appointed him their Poet Laureate.’
    • ‘Like I said earlier, it's absolute nonsense but nonsense which has been crafted with care and boundless enthusiasm.’
    • ‘Are there any other volunteers to write nonsense out there?’
    • ‘Then he comes into this House, along with his colleagues, and talks a lot of drivel and absolute nonsense.’
    • ‘I'll keep writing nonsense on their lined pages.’
    • ‘And perhaps the one or two readers who told me I was writing nonsense will remember as well?’
    • ‘Yes, it's a splendid piece of nonsense she writes.’
    • ‘So, I may be an idiot, or just plain stupid, but I'm going to go ahead and admit that all of this gas price nonsense makes absolutely no sense to me.’
    • ‘They are absolute nonsense and make no sense, at all.’
    • ‘I try to write, and manage 60 words of unsatisfactory nonsense before I give up.’
    rubbish, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, guff, blather, blether
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    1. 1.1[as exclamation] Used to show strong disagreement:
      ‘‘Nonsense! No one can do that.’’
      • ‘As a stickler for law and order, I say: nonsense!’
      • ‘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!’
    2. 1.2[as modifier] Denoting verse or other writing intended to be amusing by virtue of its absurd or whimsical language:
      ‘nonsense poetry’
      • ‘Ackroyd then traces the development of comic writing through the wit of John Donne to the nonsense books of Lewis Carroll.’
      • ‘It's a nonsense verse used by everyone from boy scouts to football hooligans.’
      • ‘Every language had its stock of lullabies, nursery rhymes, nonsense verses, fairytales and simple stories.’
      • ‘The Dada-influenced Suite for Chamber Orchestra, composed two years before the concerto, begins with a short nonsense poem, in true Dada style.’
      • ‘Successful nonsense verse must respect the structure and syntax of a language.’
      • ‘These two cuts are highlights from the album for me, especially ‘I Love You So’ with its nonsense lyrics.’
      • ‘Vocal tracks fare better, presenting skittish pop with goofy arrangements and nonsense lyrics.’
      • ‘Based on the life and nonsense poems of Edward Lear, the show was nominated for a Total Theatre Award and widely praised by the critics.’
      • ‘In fact, several of my favourite nonsense poems are by Lewis Carroll.’
      • ‘Trash might be collectible, nonsense lyrics might be profound.’
      • ‘During these years he wrote his greatest nonsense verse.’
      • ‘I got a text message on my cell phone today with nonsense poetry from an unknown source.’
      • ‘It is not addressed to anyone, is not in the Knave's handwriting, and is actually a set of nonsense verses.’
      • ‘As a boy of 11, I loved the nonsense verse of Façade, which I used to read whilst listening to Peggy Ashcroft and Paul Scofield's recorded version.’
      • ‘But there are also disadvantages, including the nonsense sentences made from just these six letters.’
      • ‘There were innumerable short parodies of Shakespeare's work, and Carroll's nonsense verse is often parodic.’
      • ‘The nonsense lyrics are either the ramblings of a burnt out fool or transcendent works of genius.’
      • ‘It is more difficult to believe that two irreverent jokers who set out to write nonsense verses could have been inspired by the gods without knowing it.’
      • ‘But before you get it all wrong, it's the world of nonsense poetry that the people at Akshara are talking about.’
      • ‘Her stories, told in nonsense verse, are fast-paced with a rhythm that carries through its pages.’
  • 2Foolish or unacceptable behaviour:

    ‘she's a strong woman who stands no nonsense’
    • ‘Our bill would have stopped that nonsense as well.’
    • ‘Once again we appeal to these unsavoury people to please stop this silly nonsense.’
    • ‘Ok, so American justice isn't always perfect, but this nonsense sure doesn't help.’
    • ‘It is long past time to stop the partisan nonsense.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But, if the people of Washington, D.C., will stand up as citizens and exert their druthers, this nonsense would stop.’
    • ‘Finally, it is time to stop this fantastic nonsense and get down to real hard work.’
    • ‘I appeal to all concern to stop this silly nonsense before someone is seriously hurt.’
    • ‘I believed that his romanticisms were foolish nonsense and were to be looked down upon.’
    • ‘To have those rights overridden by such ridiculous nonsense and sheer arrogance is unacceptable.’
    • ‘‘Guys can you stop all this nonsense for just few minutes,’ Kaoru said and stood in-between them.’
    • ‘The players under Shutt know he will stand no nonsense.’
    • ‘My vote of no confidence is also aimed at each and every councillor who is not man enough to stand up and stop this nonsense.’
    • ‘Referee Peter McCarthy refused to stand for any nonsense and brandished a succession of cards.’
    • ‘Let us hope that the good people of Virginia put a stop to this nonsense.’
    • ‘Stop this nonsense at once, or you'll go to bed with no supper.’
    • ‘This patient won't stand for any nonsense - but she does require instant gratification’
    • ‘Now when Greta occasionally forgets her manners, the owner can stop this nonsense by standing in her kitchen doorway with the can in her hands so that Greta can see it.’
    • ‘We appeal to those offenders to please stop this silly nonsense, as this is not a nice thing to do.’
    • ‘Two outbreaks of such arrogant nonsense occurred recently.’
    mischief, mischievousness, naughtiness, badness
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    1. 2.1[count noun] Something ridiculously impractical or ill-advised:
      ‘the law is a nonsense’
      ‘the proposal would make a nonsense of their plans’
      • ‘Mr Speaker, this really does make a nonsense of Standing Order 301.’
      • ‘Corporate social responsibility, Friedman assures him, is a nonsense - not just illegal, but immoral.’
      • ‘And such, I'm afraid, are the daily nonsenses with which writers are assailed by publishers.’
      • ‘The rule is a nonsense as was shown last Monday - all a jockey needs to do is walk to the nearest course exit, jump outside, make his mobile call and walk back in.’
      • ‘The World Cup opening stages tend to make a nonsense of received wisdom.’
      • ‘Both Royds and Wibsey wards will be bisected by busy main roads which ought to be boundaries, and to extend Wibsey into Marshfields is a nonsense.’
      • ‘She bristles at Government's attitudes to the unemployed, arguing her daily experiences make a nonsense of claims the outlook is brightening.’
      • ‘No doubt Brenner wishes that the 1990s had never happened, since the economic optimism in that decade seems to make a nonsense of his thesis.’
      • ‘He regards the ban on hunting with dogs as a nonsense.’
      • ‘The passage of time has made a nonsense of that verdict.’
      • ‘They have turned a potentially good idea into a nonsense.’
      • ‘However, the dates make a nonsense of this suggestion.’
      • ‘Other police forces said such a policy was a nonsense.’
      • ‘He said: ‘He has been in this country for such a long time it seems a bit of a nonsense to pursue this.’’
      • ‘It was estimated that just 20% of dogs have a licence, making a nonsense out of the law.’
      • ‘They make a nonsense of her claim that it ‘will protect the diversity and plurality of our media’.’
      • ‘But this is, in fact, true in law - and it is what makes a nonsense of the Human Rights Act.’
      • ‘‘It's an absurd nonsense that Parliament should not sit for two and a half months,’ he says.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘European human rights ‘laws’ are a nonsense of course, as shown by the statement about discrimination based on immigration status.’

Pronunciation

nonsense

/ˈnɒns(ə)ns/