I adjective average, boring, characteristic, common, commonplace, conventional, difficult to classify, difficult to describe, dull, everyday, familiar, hackneyed, homely, indescribable, insipid, mediocre, middling, not extraordinary, not odd, not singular, not special, not unique, ordinary, pedestrian, plain, prosaic, stock, trite, typical, unadorned, unclassifiable, undistinguished, unenlivened, unexceptional, unexciting, unidentifiable, uninteresting, unremarkable, usual II index indefinite, usual

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  • nondescript — [nän΄di skript′, nän′di skript΄] adj. [< L non, not + descriptus, pp. of describere, DESCRIBE] 1. so lacking in recognizable character or qualities as to belong to no definite class or type; hard to classify or describe 2. not interesting;… …   English World dictionary

  • nondescript — on de*script, a. [Pref. non + L. descriptus described.] 1. Not hitherto described; hence, of no recognizable type or class; odd; abnormal; unclassifiable. [1913 Webster] 2. Dull or uninteresting; undistinguished. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nondescript — Non de*script, n. A thing not yet described; that of which no account or explanation has been given; something abnormal, or hardly classifiable. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nondescript — (adj.) 1680s, not hitherto described, in scientific usage, coined from NON (Cf. non ) + L. descriptus, pp. of describere (see DESCRIBE (Cf. describe)). General sense of not easily described or classified is from 1806 …   Etymology dictionary

  • nondescript — [adj] undistinguished, commonplace characterless, colorless, common, dull, empty, featureless, garden*, indescribable, indeterminate, mousy*, ordinary, unclassifiable, unclassified, unexceptional, uninspiring, uninteresting, unmemorable,… …   New thesaurus

  • nondescript — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lacking distinctive or interesting characteristics. ORIGIN originally in the sense «not previously described scientifically»: from NON (Cf. ↑non ) + obsolete descript «described, engraved» …   English terms dictionary

  • nondescript — [[t]nɒ̱ndɪskrɪpt[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something or someone as nondescript, you mean that their appearance is rather dull, and not at all interesting or attractive. Europa House is one of those hundreds of nondescript… …   English dictionary

  • nondescript — /non di skript /, adj. 1. of no recognized, definite, or particular type or kind: a nondescript novel; a nondescript color. 2. undistinguished or uninteresting; dull or insipid: The private detective deliberately wore nondescript clothes. n. 3. a …   Universalium

  • nondescript — non•de•script [[t]ˌnɒn dɪˈskrɪpt[/t]] adj. 1) cvb undistinguished or dull; without interest or character: a nondescript novel; nondescript clothes[/ex] 2) of no recognized or specific type or kind 3) a nondescript person or thing • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • nondescript — non|de|script [ˈnɔndıˌskrıpt US ˌna:ndıˈskrıpt] adj [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: non + Latin descriptus, past participle of describere; DESCRIBE] someone or something that is nondescript looks very ordinary and is not at all interesting or unusual ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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