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 (nŏn′sĕns′, -səns)
1. Words or signs having no intelligible meaning: a message that was nonsense until decoded.
2. Subject matter, behavior, or language that is foolish or absurd.
3. Extravagant foolishness or frivolity: a clown's exuberant nonsense.
4. Matter of little or no importance or usefulness: a chatty letter full of gossip and nonsense.
5. Insolent talk or behavior; impudence: wouldn't take any nonsense from the children.
Genetics Of or relating to a mutation in a structural gene that changes a nucleotide triplet into a stop codon, thus prematurely terminating the polypeptide chain during protein synthesis.
Used to express disagreement or exasperation.


1. something that has or makes no sense; unintelligible language; drivel
2. conduct or action that is absurd
3. foolish or evasive behaviour or manners: she'll stand no nonsense.
5. things of little or no value or importance; trash
an exclamation of disagreement
nonsensical adj
nonˈsensically adv
nonˈsensicalness, nonˌsensiˈcality n


(ˈnɒn sɛns, -səns)

1. words without sense or conveying absurd ideas.
2. conduct or action that is senseless or absurd.
3. something that makes no sense.
4. impudent, insubordinate, or otherwise objectionable behavior: Don't take any nonsense from him.
5. anything trifling or of little or no use.
6. a DNA sequence that does not code for an amino acid and is not transcribed (disting. from sense).
non•sen′si•cal, adj.
non•sen′si•cal•ly, adv.



applesauce Nonsense, balderdash, bunk; lies and exaggeration; flattery and sweet talk. The first of these meanings is now most common, and the last, least in use. According to a 1929 article in Century Magazine, however, the term originally meant “a camouflage of flattery” and derived from the common practice of boarding houses to serve an abundance of applesauce to divert awareness from the paucity of more nourishing fare. It seems equally plausible, though, that its origin might lie in the association of applesauce with excessive sweetness, mushiness, pulpiness, and insubstantiality.

balderdash Nonsense; a meaningless jumble of words. Used throughout most of the 17th century to mean a hodgepodge of liquors, this word began to be used in its current sense in the latter part of the same century.

banana oil Bunk, hokum, hogwash, nonsense. This American slang term for insincere talk derives from the literal banana oil, a synthetic compound used as a paint solvent and in artificial fruit flavors, itself so called because its odor resembles that of bananas. Its figurative use combines its characteristics of excessive sweetness and unctuousness.

bunkum Empty or insincere talk, especially that of a politician aiming to satisfy local constituents; humbug; nonsense; also buncombe or the shortened slang form bunk; sometimes in the phrase talk or speak for or to Buncombe. The term comes from a speech made by Felix Walker, who served in Congress from 1817 to 1823. It was so long and dull that many members left. The exodus of his fellow Congressmen did not bother Mr. Walker in the least since he was, in his own words, bound “to make a speech for Buncombe,” a North Carolina county in his district. Bunk, the abbreviated slang version of bunkum, did not appear until 1900, although bunkum itself dates from much earlier:

“Talking to Bunkum!” This is an old and common saying at Washington, when a member of congress is making one of those hum-drum and unlistened to “long talks” which have lately become so fashionable. (Niles’ Register, 1828)

cock and bull story A preposterous, improbable story presented as the truth; tall tale, canard, or incredible yarn; stuff and nonsense. Few sources acknowledge that the exact origin of this phrase is unknown. Most say it derives from old fables in which cocks, bulls, and other animals are represented as conversational creatures. In one of the Boyle Lectures in 1692 Richard Bentley says:

cocks and bulls might discourse, and hinds and panthers hold conferences about religion.

Matthew Prior’s Riddle on Beauty clearly shows the nonsensical flavor of “cock and bull”:

Of cocks and bulls, and flutes and fiddles, Of idle tales and foolish riddles.

The phrase is current today, as are the truncated slang forms—cock in Britain and bull in the United States—which mean ‘nonsense.’

fiddlesticks Nonsense, hogwash, balderdash. This word is virtually synonymous with fiddle-de-dee and fiddle-faddle. Literally, a fiddlestick is the bow used to play a fiddle. Figuratively, it is often used as an interjectional reply to a totally absurd statement.

Do you suppose men so easily damage their natures? Fiddlestick! (William Makepeace Thackeray, Miss Tickletoby ‘s Lecture, 1842)

moonshine Nonsense, hogwash; foolish notions or conceptions. Moonshine is the light which, although appearing to be generated by the moon, is actually sunlight reflected off the lunar surface; hence, the expression’s figurative connotation of illusion or fallacy.

Coleridge’s entire statement upon that subject is perfect moonshine. (Thomas DeQuincey, Confessions of an Opium-Eater, 1856)

tommyrot Nonsense, poppycock, balderdash. This expression combines tommy ‘simpleton, fool,’ with rot ‘worthless matter’ to form a word denoting foolish utterances.

My fellow newcomers … thought nothing of calling some of our instructor’s best information “Tommy Rot!” (Mary Kingsley, West African Studies, 1899)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonsense - a message that seems to convey no meaningnonsense - a message that seems to convey no meaning
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
absurdity, absurdness, ridiculousness - a message whose content is at variance with reason
amphigory, nonsense verse - nonsensical writing (usually verse)
balderdash, fiddle-faddle, piffle - trivial nonsense
buzzword, cant - stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition
cobblers - nonsense; "I think that is a load of cobblers"
crock - nonsense; foolish talk; "that's a crock"
fa la, fal la - meaningless syllables in the refrain of a partsong
gibber, gibberish - unintelligible talking
unintelligibility, incoherence, incoherency - nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligible
jabberwocky - nonsensical language (according to Lewis Carroll)
mummery, flummery - meaningless ceremonies and flattery
empty talk, empty words, hot air, palaver, rhetoric - loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric"
rigamarole, rigmarole - a set of confused and meaningless statements
schmegegge, shmegegge - (Yiddish) baloney; hot air; nonsense
hooey, poppycock, stuff and nonsense, stuff - senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff"
baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, humbug, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle, taradiddle, tarradiddle - pretentious or silly talk or writing
2.nonsense - ornamental objects of no great valuenonsense - ornamental objects of no great value
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
Adj.1.nonsense - having no intelligible meaning; "nonsense syllables"; "a nonsensical jumble of words"
meaningless, nonmeaningful - having no meaning or direction or purpose; "a meaningless endeavor"; "a meaningless life"; "a verbose but meaningless explanation"


1. rubbish, hot air (informal), waffle (informal, chiefly Brit.), twaddle, balls (taboo slang), bull (slang), shit (taboo slang), pants (slang), rot, crap (slang), garbage (informal), trash, bunk (informal), bullshit (taboo slang), tosh (slang, chiefly Brit.), bollocks (Brit. taboo slang), rhubarb, pap, cobblers (Brit. taboo slang), foolishness, bilge (informal), drivel, tripe (informal), gibberish, guff (slang), bombast, moonshine, claptrap (informal), hogwash, hokum (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), blather, double Dutch (Brit. informal), piffle (informal), poppycock (informal), balderdash, bosh (informal), eyewash (informal), stuff and nonsense, tommyrot, horsefeathers (U.S. slang), bunkum or buncombe (chiefly U.S.) Most orthodox doctors, however, dismiss this theory as complete nonsense.
rubbish fact, reason, sense, truth, reality, wisdom, seriousness
2. idiocy, folly, stupidity, absurdity, silliness, inanity, senselessness, ridiculousness, ludicrousness, fatuity Surely it is an economic nonsense to deplete the world of natural resources.
no-nonsense down-to-earth, practical, sensible, realistic, common-sense, matter-of-fact, hard-headed With his gruff Scottish voice and no-nonsense attitude, he's an imposing figure.


bull, vitleysa
허튼 소리
muļķības, blēņas
chuyện vô lý


A. Ntonterías fpl
(what) nonsense!¡tonterías!, ¡qué tontería!
but that's nonsense!¡eso es absurdo!, ¡eso es ridículo!
it is nonsense to say thates absurdo or ridículo decir que ...
I've never heard such nonsense!¡vaya (una) tontería!, ¡jamás oí (una) tontería igual!
to make (a) nonsense of [+ claim, system, law] → quitar sentido a; [+ pledge] → convertir en papel mojado
a piece of nonsenseuna tontería
I'll stand no nonsense from you!, I won't take any nonsense from you!¡no voy a tolerar tus tonterías!
to talk nonsensedecir tonterías or disparates
stop this nonsense!¡ya vale de tonterías!
B. CPD nonsense verse Ndisparates mpl (en verso), versos mpl disparatados


(= foolish talk, behaviour, ideas) → bêtises fpl
Stop your nonsense! → Arrête tes bêtises!
I won't stand any nonsense from him!
BUT Je ne vais pas le laisser me marcher sur les pieds!.
to talk nonsense → dire n'importe quoi, dire des bêtises
She talks a lot of nonsense → Elle dit n'importe quoi., Elle dit beaucoup de bêtises.
it is nonsense to say that ... → il est absurde de dire que ...
to dismiss sth as nonsense → juger qch absurde
to make a nonsense of sth → ôter tout sens à qch
(= meaningless words)
You can wreck the computer program by typing in nonsense → On peut rendre le programme inutilisable en tapant des lettres au hasard.
nonsense! → Ne dis pas de bêtises!


n no pl (also as interjection) → Unsinn m, → Quatsch m (inf), → Nonsens m (geh); (verbal also) → dummes Zeug; (= silly behaviour)Dummheiten pl; a piece of nonsenseein Quatsch m (inf)or Unsinn m; that’s a lot of nonsense!das ist (ja) alles dummes Zeug!; I’ve had enough of this nonsensejetzt reichts mir aber; to make (a) nonsense of somethingetw ad absurdum führen, etw sinnlos machen; what’s all this nonsense about a cut in salary/about them not wanting to go?was soll all das Gerede von einer Gehaltskürzung/all das Gerede, dass sie nicht mitgehen wollen?; no more of your nonsense!Schluss mit dem Unsinn!; and no nonsenseund keine Dummheiten; I will stand or have no nonsense from youich werde keinen Unsinn or keine Dummheiten dulden; he will stand no nonsense from anybodyer lässt nicht mit sich spaßen; he won’t stand any nonsense over thatwas das betrifft, verträgt er keinen Spaß; a man with no nonsense about himein nüchterner or kühler und sachlicher Mensch ? stuff N a


[ˈnɒnsəns] nsciocchezze fpl, assurdità fpl
(what) nonsense! → che sciocchezze!, che assurdità!
it is nonsense to say that ... → è un'assurdità or non ha senso dire che...
to talk nonsense → dire sciocchezze or assurdità
that's a piece of nonsense! → è una sciocchezza!
to make (a) nonsense of sth → rendere assurdo qc
he stands no nonsense → con lui non si scherza


(ˈnonsˈns) , ((American) -sens) noun
foolishness; foolish words, actions etc; something that is ridiculous. He's talking nonsense; The whole book is a lot of nonsense; What nonsense!
ˌnonˈsensical (-ˈsen-) adjective


هِرَاءٌ nesmysl sludder Unsinn ανοησία tonterías hölynpöly balivernes besmislica stupidaggine ナンセンス 허튼 소리 onzin tull absurd absurdo вздор nonsens ไร้สาระ saçma chuyện vô lý 胡说


n. tontería, bobería, disparate.
References in classic literature ?
But Meg laughed at the nonsense and felt better in spite of herself.
If she's up to any of her nonsense with you, I'll scratch her eyes out
But it is Nonsense to speak so about a brittle teacup, when I remember what my heart has gone through without breaking.
It was a pity that I needed once more to describe the portentous little activity by which she sought to divert my attention--the perceptible increase of movement, the greater intensity of play, the singing, the gabbling of nonsense, and the invitation to romp.
But joking aside, though; do you know, Rose-bud, that it's all nonsense trying to get any oil out of such whales?
Of course, we elder ones would not have any of that nonsense, and let him know that in the school and the playground farmers' sons and laborers' sons were all alike.
You may imagine how my spirits are improved when I can occupy my pen in writing such nonsense as this
And when he quoted the dear old stock nonsense out of Thoreau about being able to get intoxicated on a glass of water, I could have laughed and cried at the same time.
The peasant stood amazed at hearing such nonsense, and relieving him of the visor, already battered to pieces by blows, he wiped his face, which was covered with dust, and as soon as he had done so he recognised him and said, "Senor Quixada" (for so he appears to have been called when he was in his senses and had not yet changed from a quiet country gentleman into a knight-errant), "who has brought your worship to this pass?
We sometimes choose absolute nonsense because in our foolishness we see in that nonsense the easiest means for attaining a supposed advantage.
Yet heavier far than your Petrarchan stuff- Owl-downy nonsense that the faintest puff Twirls into trunk-paper the while you con it.
He put on the air of one who finds it impossible to reply to such nonsense, but it would in fact have been difficult to give any other answer than the one Prince Andrew gave to this naive question.