Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In an unmeaning manner; without meaning or sense.
- adv. In an unmeaning way; without meaning.
- unmeaning + -ly (Wiktionary)
“Mr. Hoopdriver stirred on his pillow, opened his eyes, and, staring unmeaningly, yawned.”
“Malone, grinning most unmeaningly, inducted himself into the corresponding seat on the other side.”
“He laughed aloud at trifles, made bad jokes and applauded them himself, and, in short, grew unmeaningly noisy.”
“John Bold was very sorry, so sorry: he hoped it was nothing serious, and put on the unmeaningly solemn face which people usually use on such occasions.”
“Rostov unmeaningly in a voice not his own, gripping Karp by the collar.”
“Oh! Pip, thy wretched laugh, thy idle but unresting eye; all thy strange mummeries not unmeaningly blended with the black tragedy of the melancholy ship, and mocked it!”
“He had been civil, but unmeaningly, merely accounting for his presence; she had hated and feared his reddish freckled face, his harsh pale eyes, his look of undisclosed purpose.”
“Miss Arthur gazed across at her brother, and said, loftily, and somewhat unmeaningly:”
“Sword in hand, he maintained the principle of "Death before tribute," so often and so unmeaningly toasted at home; and it was not his fault, if he did not establish it.”
“-- Heaven knows how often I may have to repeat the word thus unmeaningly.”
A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Complete Described in a Series of Letters from an English Lady: with General and Incidental Remarks on the French Character and Manners
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