Jejune

Jejune

jəˈjo͞on

Adjective

  • Naive, simplistic, and superficial.
  • (Of ideas or writings) Dry and uninteresting.

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Example Sentences

“The required readings for my European history class are so jejune, I almost fall asleep while studying.”

“It’s a bit jejune and predictable to host a brunch for the fifth year in a row, don’t you think?”

“After the jejune first novel, her book of essays is quite sophisticated.”

Word Origin

Latin, early 17th century

Why this word?

The adjective “jejune” comes from the Latin “jejunus,” meaning “fasting, barren.” When it entered English in the early 17th century, the original sense was “without food,” but the usage quickly shifted to “not intellectually nourishing,” specifically of ideas and writings. This led to the other definition, describing someone or something naive or a bit superficial.

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