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Definition of "jejune" []

  • Not interesting; dull: "and there pour forth jejune words and useless empty phrases” ( Anthony Trollope). (adjective)
  • Lacking maturity; childish: surprised by their jejune responses to our problems. (adjective)
  • Lacking in nutrition: a jejune diet. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "jejune" in a sentence
  • "Quigley explained why he loves the word "jejune'' - "it just looks like a wrong word; it's crazy, I would never use it in conversation'' - and talks about personalities we both admire, such as Rex Parker, the self-proclaimed "king of CrossWorld'', Elizabeth Gorski, and the men he calls the "Three Jesuses'' of crosswords: Patrick Berry, Mike Shenk and Frank Longo."
  • "Will someone please call the jejune nutjobs in Seattle and tell them to GROW THE FUCK UP?"
  • "Arguably, Alyosha's religion * is* "jejune" at that point; he has not yet undergone his crisis after the death of Father Zossima."