nonsense Definition

  • 1spoken or written words that have no meaning or make no sense
  • 2foolish or unacceptable behaviour

Using nonsense: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "nonsense" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'm tired of listening to your nonsense.

  • Example

    Don't talk such nonsense!

  • Example

    It's all a load of nonsense.

  • Example

    The idea that money can buy happiness is complete nonsense.

nonsense Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for nonsense

Idioms Using nonsense

  • talk through one's hat

    to talk nonsense or make absurd statements


    He doesn't know what he's talking about. He's just talking through his hat.

  • talking nonsense or making empty promises


    Don't listen to him. He's full of hot air.

  • to be illogical or incomprehensible


    His explanation didn't make any sense to me.

Phrases with nonsense

  • talk nonsense

    to say things that are foolish or untrue


    He was talking absolute nonsense about the economy.

  • to cause something to be meaningless or ineffective


    The new regulations make nonsense of the government's environmental policy.

  • to stop behaving in a foolish or unacceptable way


    You need to stop making nonsense and start taking your responsibilities seriously.

Origins of nonsense

from 'non-' meaning 'not' and 'sense' meaning 'meaning'


Summary: nonsense in Brief

'Nonsense' [ˈnɒnsəns] refers to spoken or written words that have no meaning or make no sense, as well as foolish or unacceptable behavior. It is often used to dismiss absurd or illogical statements, as in 'Don't talk such nonsense!' 'Nonsense' also appears in idioms like 'talk through one's hat,' meaning to talk nonsense, and 'full of hot air,' denoting empty promises.

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