Wednesday, July 19, 2000
Definitions for jejune
- 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.
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Citations for jejune
“…The first two are painfully jejune, of course, the way Tom Sawyer is jejune when compared to Huckleberry Finn, but the last one—although no Huck Finn—does show growth.”
The humble hotel-lounge pianist will often know hundreds of pieces by heart, as will the folk singer. The questions "How do they do it?" and "Could everyone do the same?" sound painfully jejune. Yet they fascinate lay people.
Origin of jejune
Jejune comes from the Latin word jējūnus meaning "empty, poor, mean."