Adjective "jejune" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Naive, simplistic, and superficial.
  1. '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.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'The soprano playing the part of the Woodbird clumsily ‘flies’ a replica avian on a fishing rod - the whole scene looks jejune and ridiculous.'
(of ideas or writings) dry and uninteresting.
  1. 'Seldon's authors, half of them academics, half journalists, are competent and fall down only in their often jejune judgments.'


1. without interest or significance; dull; insipid: a jejune novel.

2. juvenile; immature; childish: jejune behavior.

3. lacking knowledge or experience; uninformed: jejune attempts to design a house.

4. deficient or lacking in nutritive value: a jejune diet.

More examples(as adjective)

"friends can be jejune."

"appeals can be jejune."


Early 17th century: from Latin jejunus ‘fasting, barren’. The original sense was ‘without food’, hence ‘not intellectually nourishing’.