Definition of nonsense noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈnɒnsns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːnsens//
    , NAmE//ˈnɑːnsns//
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] ideas, statements or beliefs that you think are ridiculous or not true synonym rubbish 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. The idea is an economic nonsense. Ministers have dismissed the rumours of a bribery scandal as nonsense.
  2. 2  [uncountable] silly or unacceptable behaviour 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
  3. 3  [uncountable] spoken or written words that have no meaning or make no sense a book of children’s nonsense poems Most of the translation he did for me was complete nonsense.
  4. Extra examples I’m not going to stand any more of this nonsense. Just stop this nonsense of refusing to talk to anybody. Most of his theories are arrant nonsense. People are talking a lot of nonsense about him being the new Michael Jordan. This decision makes absolute nonsense of all our hard work. What’s all this nonsense about you giving up your job? You don’t believe that superstitious nonsense, do you? ‘I heard he’s resigning.’ ‘That’s nonsense.’ ‘I won’t go.’ ‘Nonsense! You must go.’ How can you believe such nonsense? It’s nonsense to say they don’t care. The fact that police officers can be bribed makes a nonsense of the legal system. The whole article seemed like complete nonsense to me. You’re talking nonsense, as usual. a book of nonsense poemsIdioms
    make (a) nonsense of something
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    to reduce the value of something by a lot; to make something seem ridiculous If people can bribe police officers, it makes a complete nonsense of the legal system. The unemployment figures make nonsense of talk of an economic recovery.
    stuff and nonsense exclamation
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    (old-fashioned, informal) used to describe something that is stupid or not true
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nonsense

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