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Lacking distinctive or interesting features or characteristics.‘she lived in a nondescript suburban apartment block’
undistinguished, featureless, characterless, unremarkable, unexceptional, unmemorable, blending into the backgroundView synonyms
- ‘The result is charmingly eclectic, and quite unique for Bulgaria, where nondescript design still prevails.’
- ‘Instead, she headed for the small, nondescript building about twenty yards away.’
- ‘Fox ambled away and, returning ten minutes later, found the two merchants loading nondescript crates onto their shuttle.’
- ‘Aykan's house was one in a street of nondescript redbricks, and I was staring at it for several seconds before I saw that anything was wrong.’
- ‘It lies in a modest, nondescript building in a leafy neighborhood of Vancouver.’
- ‘The cashier, a middle-aged woman with nondescript features, cleared her throat and pointed to the right.’
- ‘The building is a refreshing place of hope amid the uninspiring concrete and nondescript buildings found in the city.’
- ‘Basically, he's a nice sort of nondescript guy, who spends a weekend hanging out with odd groups.’
- ‘I had never really looked at the ceiling above my bathtub before, and I found it quite nondescript, quite boring.’
- ‘Now 19 men waited in nondescript hotel rooms to board four flights the next morning.’
- ‘They posed in hallways, foyers, in front of doors, in generally nondescript spaces.’
- ‘After the standard rambling walk following his contact he found himself at another nondescript West End hotel.’
- ‘Most species of freshwater mussels are nondescript and difficult to distinguish from one another.’
- ‘It's just that the place is suburban and somewhat nondescript, although it does have a nice river running through it.’
- ‘Huesca was as nondescript a provincial town as our friends had said it would be.’
- ‘Arriving to an enthusiastic welcome in the nondescript village, he shed his characteristic reserve.’
- ‘He had a shock of the brightest red hair I had ever seen on a human being, with rather nondescript gray eyes.’
- ‘Standing nearby is a plain, nondescript man in a chauffeur's uniform.’
- ‘The small, nondescript moth is seldom noticed as it flies in the evening.’
- ‘To them, he is just another nondescript resident who strives hard for a square meal a day.’
A nondescript person or thing.
- ‘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.’
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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