American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not interesting; dull: "and there pour forth jejune words and useless empty phrases” ( Anthony Trollope).
- adj. Lacking maturity; childish: surprised by their jejune responses to our problems.
- adj. Lacking in nutrition: a jejune diet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Scantily supplied or furnished; attenuated; poor.
- Barren; unfurnished; wanting pith or interest, as a literary production; devoid of sense or knowledge, as a person; dry; uninteresting; shallow.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Lacking matter; empty; void of substance.
- adj. Void of interest; barren; meager; dry.
- adj. Juvenile; childish; immature.
- adj. Lacking nutritional value.
- adj. lacking in nutritive value
- adj. displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
- adj. lacking interest or significance or impact
- From Latin iēiūnus. (Wiktionary)
- From Latin iēiūnus, meager, dry, fasting. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Further, although I disagree with your characterization of Alyosha's religious faith as "jejune," couldn't the same description apply with equal force to Ivan's atheism?”
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