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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nonsense mean? 

  The noun NONSENSE has 2 senses:

1. a message that seems to convey no meaning
2. ornamental objects of no great value

  Familiarity information: NONSENSE used as a noun is rare.

NONSENSE (adjective)
  The adjective NONSENSE has 1 sense:

1. having no intelligible meaning

  Familiarity information: NONSENSE used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A message that seems to convey no meaning

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


nonsensicality; hokum; meaninglessness; nonsense; bunk

Hypernyms ("nonsense" is a kind of...):

content; message; subject matter; substance (what a communication that is about something is about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "nonsense"):

absurdity; absurdness; ridiculousness (a message whose content is at variance with reason)

hooey; poppycock; stuff; stuff and nonsense (senseless talk)

schmegegge; shmegegge ((Yiddish) baloney; hot air; nonsense)

rigamarole; rigmarole (a set of confused and meaningless statements)

empty talk; empty words; hot air; palaver; rhetoric (loud and confused and empty talk)

flummery; mummery (meaningless ceremonies and flattery)

jabberwocky (nonsensical language (according to Lewis Carroll))

incoherence; incoherency; unintelligibility (nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligible)

gibber; gibberish (unintelligible talking)

fa la; fal la (meaningless syllables in the refrain of a partsong)

crock (nonsense; foolish talk)

cobblers (nonsense)

buzzword; cant (stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition)

balderdash; fiddle-faddle; piffle (trivial nonsense)

amphigory; nonsense verse (nonsensical writing (usually verse))

baloney; bilgewater; boloney; bosh; drool; humbug; taradiddle; tarradiddle; tommyrot; tosh; twaddle (pretentious or silly talk or writing)

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Ornamental objects of no great value

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


falderol; folderal; gimcrack; gimcrackery; trumpery; nonsense; frill

Hypernyms ("nonsense" is a kind of...):

decoration; ornament; ornamentation (something used to beautify)

NONSENSE (adjective)

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Having no intelligible meaning


nonsense; nonsensical

Context examples:

nonsense syllables / a nonsensical jumble of words


meaningless; nonmeaningful (having no meaning or direction or purpose)

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