1. Devoid of meaning or sense; meaningless: gave a vapid and unmeaning response to a difficult query.
2. Lacking intelligence or liveliness of expression; vacant: an unmeaning face.

un·mean′ing·ly adv.


1. having no meaning
2. showing no intelligence; vacant: an unmeaning face.
unˈmeaningly adv
unˈmeaningness n


(ʌnˈmi nɪŋ)

1. not meaning anything; devoid of sense or significance, as words or actions; empty.
2. expressionless or unintelligent, as the face.
un•mean′ing•ly, adv.
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Beware my Laura (she would often say) Beware of the insipid Vanities and idle Dissipations of the Metropolis of England; Beware of the unmeaning Luxuries of Bath and of the stinking fish of Southampton.
He flopped the reins about as we started, and of course gave me several unmeaning cuts with the whip, though I was fairly off.
Of its unmeaning character, too, I was entirely persuaded, yet that did not banish it.
They ought not to have wandered into inflammatory declamations and unmeaning cavils about the extent of the powers.
These unmeaning propositions are hardly suspected to be a caricature of a great theory of knowledge, which Plato in various ways and under many figures of speech is seeking to unfold.
This they would sing, as a chorus, to words which to many would seem unmeaning jargon, but which, nevertheless, were full of meaning to themselves.
It was all very indistinct: the heavy smell, the big unmeaning shapes, the obscene figures lurking in the shadows, and only waiting for the darkness to come at me again
I will not attempt to add by one word of reproach to the retribution that is now falling on you: any other words that I could write at this moment must be weak and unmeaning by the side of those in which I must tell you the simple fact.
The huge and unmeaning glass chandeliers, prism-cut, gas-lighted, and without shade, which dangle in our most fashionable drawing-rooms, may be cited as the quintessence of all that is false in taste or preposterous in folly.
The ideas, the modes, the surroundings, appeared retrogressive and unmeaning.
cried Dorothy, as the copper man continued to babble these unmeaning words, which no one could understand at all because they had no sense.
Roused by the unmeaning violence with which she cried it out, she scrambled up, and stood supporting herself with her shoulders against the wall; dangling in one hand by the string, a dunghill- fragment of a bonnet, and trying to look scornfully at him.