nonsense

1. noun
a) Letters or words, in writing or speech, that have no meaning or seem to have no meaning.

After my father had a stroke, every time he tried to talk, it sounded like nonsense.

b) An untrue statement.

He says that I stole his computer, but thats just nonsense.

2. verb
a) To make nonsense of

At the Haymarket all this is nonsensed by an endeavor to steer between Mr. Stanley Weymans rights as author of the story and the prescriptive right of the leading actor to fight popularly and heroically against heavy odds.

b) To attempt to dismiss as nonsense.

"They havent nonsensed these workouts. Theyve taken them and used them very well. I didnt know how theyd respond, but theyve responded."


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  • NONSENSE — « A piece of nonsense », c’est en anglais courant une bêtise, une absurdité: un «non sens» bien sûr; et pourtant, le terme anglais a une richesse spécifique. Anglais d’abord parce que la langue anglaise en est le lieu sonore d’élection; ainsi les …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Nonsense — es una figura literaria que puede ser en verso o en prosa, que busca generar, juegos de palabras que trasgreden las formas comunes de la sintaxis y la semántica, juegos que resultan extraños, comúnmente humorísticos y absurdos. Literalmente… …   Wikipedia Español

  • nonsense — nonsense, twaddle, drivel, bunk, balderdash, poppycock, gobbledygook, trash, rot, bull are comparable when they mean something said or proposed which is senseless or absurd. Nonsense is the most general of these terms; it may be referred to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • nonsense — Uses of nonsense as a countable noun (i.e. preceded by a or in the plural) have become common in current use, especially in BrE: • I knew you d make a nonsense of it so I told Wallis to be ready to take over L. Cooper, 1960 • I could only pray… …   Modern English usage

  • Nonsense — Non sense, n. [Pref. non + sense: cf. F. nonsens.] 1. That which is not sense, or has no sense; words, or language, which have no meaning, or which convey no intelligible ideas; absurdity. [1913 Webster] 2. Trifles; things of no importance. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nonsense — index jargon (unintelligible language), platitude Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • nonsense — / nɑnsəns/, it. / nɔnsens/ s. e agg. ingl. [propr. sciocchezza , comp. di non non e sense senso ], usato in ital. come s.m. e agg., invar. ■ s.m. [cosa insensata, assurda e sim.: quello che dici è un n. ] ▶◀ assurdità, insensatezza, nonsenso.… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • nonsense — (n.) 1610s, from NON (Cf. non ) + SENSE (Cf. sense); perhaps influenced by Fr. nonsens …   Etymology dictionary

  • nonsense — |nònsénce| s. m. Aquilo que é contrário à razão ou ao bom senso. = ABSURDO   ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • nonsense — [n] craziness, ridiculousness absurdity, babble, balderdash*, baloney*, bananas*, bombast, bull*, bunk*, claptrap*, drivel, fatuity, flightiness, folly, foolishness, fun, gibberish, giddiness, hogwash*, hooey*, hot air*, imprudence, inanity,… …   New thesaurus

  • nonsense — ► NOUN 1) words that make no sense. 2) foolish or unacceptable behaviour. 3) an absurd or unthinkable scheme, situation, etc. DERIVATIVES nonsensical adjective nonsensically adverb …   English terms dictionary

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