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[ji-joon] /dʒɪˈdʒun/
without interest or significance; dull; insipid:
a jejune novel.
juvenile; immature; childish:
jejune behavior.
lacking knowledge or experience; uninformed:
jejune attempts to design a house.
deficient or lacking in nutritive value:
a jejune diet.
Origin of jejune
1605-15; < Latin jējūnus empty, poor, mean
Related forms
jejunely, adverb
jejuneness, jejunity, noun
Can be confused
jejune, juvenile. Unabridged
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  • Inconsistencies of character and plot mar this lively but jejune debut.
  • Without vigour or colour, without grace or ornament, his style is singularly jejune and feeble.
  • There's more than a touch of the jejune to these happily rough-hewn clothes.
  • The analysis may seem hopelessly jejune, not least because digital distribution of books has already begun.
  • That famously awful overheated jejune stuff.
  • Of course, most of the field work is puerile, hopelessly jejune.
  • That would be amusing, if a little jejune.
  • Hence it is as common a thing to hear our orators condemned for being too jejune and feeble as too excessive and redundant.
  • He is a decent man, though somewhat jejune and really quite smart.
  • Only to the jejune and blissfully ignorant members of your staff.
British Dictionary definitions for jejune


simple; naive; unsophisticated
insipid; dull; dry
lacking nourishment; insubstantial or barren
Derived Forms
jejunely, adverb
jejuneness, jejunity, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin jējūnus hungry, empty
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Word Origin and History for jejune

1610s, "dull in the mind, flat, insipid," from Latin ieiunus "empty, dry, barren," literally "fasting, hungry," of obscure origin.

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