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[non-di-skript] /ˌnɒn dɪˈskrɪpt/
of no recognized, definite, or particular type or kind:
a nondescript novel; a nondescript color.
undistinguished or uninteresting; dull or insipid:
The private detective deliberately wore nondescript clothes.
a person or a thing of no particular or notable type or kind.
Origin of nondescript
1675-85; non- + Latin dēscrīptus (past participle of dēscrībere to describe, define, represent; see describe)
1. undistinctive, usual, ordinary, unexceptional. Unabridged
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  • In a nondescript office buried inside a forgettable building sits a woman with an unrecognizable face.
  • It's literally gorgeous, but also nondescript.
  • It is a modest, nondescript place with an open kitchen.
  • Tim, 34, is so small-town that he has never set foot on a plane or ventured from his nondescript Wisconsin town.
  • From the outside, the van is nondescript.
  • My colleagues dress in such a nondescript manner that I can barely picture them.
  • From the outside, the farm is a deliberately nondescript building.
  • The prisoners work 40-hour weeks in rows of nondescript cubicles.
  • Men in black tie often find themselves feeling a trifle nondescript.
  • Her voice was low and soft but otherwise nondescript.
British Dictionary definitions for nondescript


lacking distinct or individual characteristics; having no outstanding features
a nondescript person or thing
Word Origin
C17: from non- + Latin dēscriptus, past participle of dēscribere to copy, describe
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Word Origin and History for nondescript

1680s, "not hitherto described," in scientific usage, coined from non- + Latin descriptus, past participle of describere (see describe). General sense of "not easily described or classified" is from 1806.

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