American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking distinctive qualities; having no individual character or form: "This expression gave temporary meaning to a set of features otherwise nondescript” ( Katherine Anne Porter).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not hitherto described or classed.
- Not easily described; abnormal or amorphous: of no particular kind; odd; unclassifiable; indescribable.
- n. Anything that has not been described.
- n. A person or thing not easily described or classed: usually applied disparagingly.
- adj. biology Not described (in the academic literature); undescribed, unidentified.
- adj. Without distinguishing qualities or characteristics; unexceptional.
- n. An undistinguished, unexceptional person or thing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not hitherto described of no recognizable type or class; odd; abnormal; unclassifiable.
- adj. Dull or uninteresting; undistinguished.
- n. A thing not yet described; that of which no account or explanation has been given; something abnormal, or hardly classifiable.
- adj. lacking distinct or individual characteristics; dull and uninteresting
- n. a person is not easily classified and not very interesting
- From non- + descript. (Wiktionary)
- non- + Latin dēscrīptus, past participle of dēscrībere, to describe; see describe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
““I…” Sabrina edged a sideways glance at Dylan, who was scrutinizing her closely, his expression nondescript.”
“Most targets were small groups of people in nondescript civilian vehicles that blend in with traffic, or inside unremarkable buildings.”
“Cold and nondescript from the street, it sits about 2 miles from campus, adjacent to a Bed Bath & Beyond and engulfed on three sides by the tall, barbed-wire fence of a local auto body shop.”
“Rolling into the grey streets of the small lowland towns, past open fronted stores set in nondescript concrete slab buildings, the bus was transformed into a mobile drive-in restaurant.”
“The other man, in nondescript garments that were both of the sea and shore, and that must have been uncomfortably hot, slouched and shambled like an overgrown ape.”
“Confederate cavalry — fine, rough-looking fellows, dressed in nondescript uniforms, red shirts, grey tunics; some with boots and some without; armed with sabres and revolvers.”
“Well," replied the other, coolly, "he is what I call a nondescript; like an attorney, or a surgeon, or a civil engineer, or a banker, or a stock-broker, and all that sort of people.”
“As a last ditch effort, I called a nondescript market, a short cab drive away, and bingo, I bought the last one they had sitting on the shelf, for God knows how long.”
“The other, known simply as Serial Shooter, has killed five people and wounded 16, shooting from inside what Phoenix police can only identify as a nondescript four-door sedan.”
“There was a string of people already straggling in, whom it was not difficult to identify as the nondescript messengers, go – betweens, and errand – bearers of the place.”
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