nondescript


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non·de·script

 (nŏn′dĭ-skrĭpt′)
adj.
Lacking distinctive qualities; having no individual character or form: "This expression gave temporary meaning to a set of features otherwise nondescript" (Katherine Anne Porter).

[non- + Latin dēscrīptus, past participle of dēscrībere, to describe; see describe.]

non′de·script′ n.

nondescript

(ˈnɒndɪˌskrɪpt)
adj
lacking distinct or individual characteristics; having no outstanding features
n
a nondescript person or thing
[C17: from non- + Latin dēscriptus, past participle of dēscribere to copy, describe]

non•de•script

(ˌnɒn dɪˈskrɪpt)

adj.
1. undistinguished or dull; without interest or character: a nondescript novel; nondescript clothes.
2. of no recognized or specific type or kind.
n.
3. a nondescript person or thing.
[1675–85; non- + Latin dēscrīptus, past participle of dēscrībere to describe, define, represent; see describe]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nondescript - a person is not easily classified and not very interesting
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
Adj.1.nondescript - lacking distinct or individual characteristics; dull and uninteresting; "women dressed in nondescript clothes"; "a nondescript novel"
ordinary - not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; "ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine"

nondescript

Translations
غَريب، غَيْر مألوف، لا يُمْكِن تَحْديدُه
nevýraznýnijaký
intetsigende
nehezen meghatározható
tilkomulítill, sem erfitt er aî lÿsa
neaprašomas
nenosakāma izskata-nenoteikts
kişiliksizsıradan

nondescript

[ˈnɒndɪskrɪpt] ADJ [person, clothes, face] (= unremarkable) → anodino; (= uninteresting) → insulso, soso; [building, furniture] → corriente; [colour] → indefinido

nondescript

[ˈnɒndɪskrɪpt] adj [building, person, clothes, appearance] → quelconquenon-drinker [ˌnɒnˈdrɪŋkər] npersonne f qui ne boit pas d'alcoolnon-drip [ˌnɒnˈdrɪp] adj [paint] → qui ne coule pas

nondescript

adj taste, colourunbestimmbar; person, appearanceunauffällig, unscheinbar (pej)

nondescript

[ˈnɒndɪˌskrɪpt] adj (person, clothes) → qualunque inv; (colour) → indefinito/a

nondescript

(ˈnondiskript) adjective
having no noticeable, interesting or memorable characteristics. a nondescript sort of building.
References in classic literature ?
There was a string of people already straggling in, whom it was not difficult to identify as the nondescript messengers, go-betweens, and errand-bearers of the place.
Then, however, when he opened his eyes, he saw something sitting by the wayside shaped like a man, and hardly like a man, something nondescript.
As soon as the men of the various regiments began to disperse among the wealthy and deserted houses, the army was lost forever and there came into being something nondescript, neither citizens nor soldiers but what are known as marauders.
Pat is dead," said the Story Girl hopelessly, as we returned one evening from a bootless quest to Andrew Cowan's where a strange gray cat had been reported--a cat which turned out to be a yellowish brown nondescript, with no tail to speak of.
So, within ten minutes after we had first glimpsed this nondescript he was one of us, and with his coat off and hard at it.
I was now, it seemed, cut off upon both sides; behind me the murderers, before me this lurking nondescript.
As if too hot for her lips, she filled her saucer with the greasy-looking, nondescript fluid, and continued her set glare, her breast rising and falling with staccato, mechanical movement.
Lord Robert Foulkes was a small young man, very carefully groomed, nondescript in appearance.
The window contained photographs of more or less undressed dancing girls; nondescript packages in wrappers like patent medicines; closed yellow paper envelopes, very flimsy, and marked two-and-six in heavy black figures; a few numbers of ancient French comic publications hung across a string as if to dry; a dingy blue china bowl, a casket of black wood, bottles of marking ink, and rubber stamps; a few books, with titles hinting at impropriety; a few apparently old copies of obscure newspapers, badly printed, with titles like THE TORCH, THE GONG - rousing titles.
Often, in such instances as our image of a friend's face or of a nondescript dog, an image is not derived from one prototype, but from many; when this happens, the image is vague, and blurs the features in which the various prototypes differ.
Hereupon I bethought me of looking immediately before my nose, and there, sure enough, confronting me at the table sat a personage nondescript, although not altogether indescribable.
His tail, you perceive, is held aloft by his two principal concubines, Elline and Argelais; and his whole appearance would be infinitely prepossessing, were it not for the protuberance of his eyes, which will certainly start out of his head, and the queer color of his face, which has become nondescript from the quantity of wine he has swallowed.