Definition of jejune in English:



  • 1Naive, simplistic, and superficial.

    ‘their entirely predictable and usually jejune opinions’
    • ‘Every time there's an event that brings forth a manifestation of religious belief by large numbers of people, some militant secularist or other will give out an opinion that would be jejune coming from an intelligent sixth-former.’
    • ‘Like Whitman's poetry, Elvrum's lyrics are often as elementary as a child's jejune rambling, and yet, in their simplicity, they're sturdy, sophisticated, and poignantly inquisitive.’
    • ‘We've all perfected the wasp-wave; you flick your hand with a disinterested languor - just think Oscar Wilde dismissing a jejune insult - and the wind distracts the wasp for a second or two.’
    • ‘The soprano playing the part of the Woodbird clumsily ‘flies’ a replica avian on a fishing rod - the whole scene looks jejune and ridiculous.’
    • ‘You have to ask yourself why is that and quite frankly when it comes to Tracey, although one or two of her pieces have a certain odd, jejune quality, her art work is essentially a peg on which she hangs her media persona which is her main work.’
    immature, inexperienced, naive, green, as green as grass, born yesterday, raw, unseasoned, untrained, untried
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  • 2(of ideas or writings) dry and uninteresting.

    • ‘Or perhaps your superiors realized that your rhetoric is sloppy, tendentious, jejune and banal, and they think - correctly - that this reflects on your employer, the FBI.’
    • ‘Seldon's authors, half of them academics, half journalists, are competent and fall down only in their often jejune judgments.’
    • ‘Contemporary reflections on Stauffenberg risk seeming rather jejune.’
    boring, dull, dull as ditchwater, tedious, dreary
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Early 17th century from Latin jejunus ‘fasting, barren’. The original sense was ‘without food’, hence ‘not intellectually nourishing’.