Definition of meaningless in US English:

meaningless

adjective

  • 1Having no meaning or significance.

    ‘the paragraph was a jumble of meaningless words’
    • ‘Some rather meaningless words were exchanged, but they soon ran out of things to say.’
    • ‘After alteration, formerly understandable Swedish words become meaningless.’
    • ‘Avoid useless and meaningless words, and certain phrases that will place you in the penalty box.’
    • ‘Lisa, the secretary, offered her deepest sympathies but the words were meaningless.’
    • ‘She paused as she glimpsed the shock in my expression that she was speaking more than a handful of meaningless words.’
    • ‘Any other construction of the words or order in section 3 would render them meaningless.’
    • ‘Don't say too much; avoid meaningless jargon; don't fiddle with your hair on camera.’
    • ‘Despite Sheehan's passion for words, he understands that words by themselves are meaningless.’
    • ‘He was murmuring sweet meaningless words in my ears.’
    • ‘From his own mouth the words are meaningless, and so he pulls up a chair.’
    • ‘She shook her head vigorously, trying to get his meaningless words out of her head and ears, and shoved him away.’
    • ‘They asked if I was going to the office, and I replied with some meaningless nonsense.’
    • ‘He had stopped talking when he realized his words were turning into meaningless mumbling.’
    • ‘Tired faces turned, waiting for the thread of babble and meaningless words they would only pretend to hear.’
    • ‘She focused on her laptop, tapping keys but she was typing meaningless words.’
    • ‘Then they were shown a series of words either neutral, meaningless or related to aggression.’
    • ‘During his latest round of meaningless words their faces had drifted closer.’
    • ‘He would see right through my choice of large meaningless words, but I didn't care.’
    • ‘But as you get older you rely on words, and as you get wiser those words become longer and more meaningless.’
    • ‘Words became meaningless, and a fountain of primal silence washed over the crowd of young people.’
    unintelligible, incomprehensible, incoherent, illogical, senseless, unmeaning, foolish, silly, absurd, fatuous, ridiculous, nonsensical, idle
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    1. 1.1 Having no purpose or reason.
      ‘rules are meaningless to a child if they do not have a rationale’
      ‘the Great War was an outstanding example of meaningless conflict’
      • ‘As Evan says the price increase is meaningless to all, but those wishing to move.’
      • ‘It's also meaningless to go shopping, if you judge your life this way.’
      • ‘No thinking adult wastes time in idle pursuits that are difficult and meaningless.’
      • ‘People were specks far below, crawling about their meaningless, methodical lives like insects.’
      • ‘It is not meaningless to speak of a French decline since the mid-1970s.’
      • ‘Now we are seeing all that hard work buried under meaningless work.’
      • ‘While we wait with bated breath, the meaningless one day jamboree rambles on.’
      • ‘Still, trying to fulfil them always seemed so pointless and meaningless.’
      • ‘So, it's meaningless to say that the rest of the album doesn't quite measure up.’
      • ‘Somehow the weekly ceremony had seemed hollow and meaningless to her.’
      • ‘Corina often found her job meaningless without a Master in the manor, but her loyalty to the Warrick descendant never wavered.’
      • ‘Right and wrong are meaningless to him, all that matter are sensation and experience.’
      • ‘Miel related the meaningless events of her day in the city to Lucas and waited patiently for him to tell her about the experiment.’
      • ‘It was just a husk, an empty shell, worth nothing, containing nothing, meaningless.’
      • ‘It was as if they had received notice that their lives had been meaningless.’
      • ‘Why should I want to get my voice back when life itself was already meaningless to me?’
      • ‘It was just a useless coach trip to follow a meaningless tradition.’
      • ‘Of course we also feared that such thoughts were nonsense and Doug's death was a meaningless accident.’
      • ‘They would talk, but about pointless, and meaningless things, but only if they could spare you the time of day.’
      • ‘Your life was meaningless, nothing significant would ever happen to you.’
      futile, pointless, aimless, empty, hollow, vain, purposeless, motiveless, valueless, useless, of no use, worthless, trivial, trifling, vacuous, unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, insubstantial, nugatory, fruitless, profitless, barren, unproductive, unprofitable
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Pronunciation

meaningless

/ˈmēniNGləs//ˈminɪŋləs/