- 1 ideas, statements, or beliefs that you think are ridiculous or not true Reports that he has resigned are nonsense. You're talking nonsense! “I won't go.” “Nonsense! You must go!” It's nonsense to say they don't care. He has dismissed the rumors of a bribery scandal as nonsense.
- 2silly or unacceptable behavior The new teacher won't stand for any nonsense. I can't wait for this nonsense to end so that we can all be friends again. see also no-nonsense
- 3spoken or written words that have no meaning or make no sense Most of the translation he did for me was complete nonsense. a book of children's nonsense poems Idioms
nounjump to other results
to reduce the value of something by a lot; to make something seem ridiculous If people can bribe police officers, it makes complete nonsense of the legal system. The unemployment figures make nonsense of talk of an economic recovery.
make nonsense of somethingjump to other results
used by some people to say that they think that something is stupid or not true
stuff and nonsense exclamation (old-fashioned) (informal)jump to other results