gimcrack vs nonsense what difference

what is difference between gimcrack and nonsense

English

Alternative forms

  • jimcrack

Etymology

Unknown

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɪmkɹæk/

Adjective

gimcrack (not comparable)

  1. Showy but of poor quality; worthless.

Noun

gimcrack (plural gimcracks)

  1. Something showy but worthless; a gimmick or bauble.
    • 1847–1848, William Thackeray, Vanity Fair:
      [] he came home to find [] honest Swartz in her favourite amber-coloured satin, with turquoise bracelets, countless rings, flowers, feathers, and all sorts of tags and gimcracks, about as elegantly decorated as a she chimney-sweep on May-day.

Derived terms

  • gimcrackery

Verb

gimcrack (third-person singular simple present gimcracks, present participle gimcracking, simple past and past participle gimcracked)

  1. (transitive) To put together quickly and without much care; to bodge.
  2. (transitive) To embellish with gimcracks.


English

Alternative forms

  • nonsence (archaic)
  • non-sense

Etymology

From non- (no, none, lack of) +‎ sense, from c. 1610. Compare the semantically similar West Frisian ûnsin (nonsense), Dutch onzin (nonsense), German Unsinn (nonsense), English unsense (nonsense).

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈnɑnsɛns/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈnɒnsəns/
  • Hyphenation: non‧sense
  • Rhymes: -ɒnsɛns, -ɒnsəns

Noun

nonsense (usually uncountable, plural nonsenses)

  1. Letters or words, in writing or speech, that have no meaning or pattern or seem to have no meaning.
  2. An untrue statement.
  3. That which is silly, illogical and lacks any meaning, reason or value; that which does not make sense.
  4. Something foolish.
  5. (literature) A type of poetry that contains strange or surreal ideas, as, for example, that written by Edward Lear.
  6. (biology) A damaged DNA sequence whose products are not biologically active, that is, that does nothing.

Synonyms

  • See Thesaurus:nonsense
  • Synonyms: falsehood, lie, untruth, absurdity, rubbish, tosh
  • Synonyms: absurdity, silliness, contradiction, stupidity, unreasoning

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

nonsense (third-person singular simple present nonsenses, present participle nonsensing, simple past and past participle nonsensed)

  1. To make nonsense of;
  2. To attempt to dismiss as nonsense; to ignore or belittle the significance of something; to render unimportant or puny.
    Synonyms: belittle, dismiss, pooh-pooh, rubbish
  3. (intransitive) To joke around, to waste time

Adjective

nonsense (comparative more nonsense, superlative most nonsense)

  1. Nonsensical.
  2. (biochemistry) Resulting from the substitution of a nucleotide in a sense codon, causing it to become a stop codon (not coding for an amino-acid).

Translations

Interjection

nonsense

  1. An emphatic rejection of something one has just heard and does not believe or agree with.

Translations

See also

  • missense
  • non-sense

Finnish

Noun

nonsense

  1. nonsense (type of poetry)

Declension


Mauritian Creole

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /nɒnsɛns/

Etymology

From English nonsense.

Noun

nonsense

  1. nonsense

Alternative forms

  • nonsens

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