Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Lacking distinctive qualities; having no individual character or form.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not hitherto described or classed.
  • Not easily described; abnormal or amorphous: of no particular kind; odd; unclassifiable; indescribable.
  • noun Anything that has not been described.
  • noun A person or thing not easily described or classed: usually applied disparagingly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not hitherto described
  • adjective Dull or uninteresting; undistinguished.
  • noun A thing not yet described; that of which no account or explanation has been given; something abnormal, or hardly classifiable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective biology Not described (in the academic literature); undescribed, unidentified.
  • adjective Without distinguishing qualities or characteristics; unexceptional.
  • noun An undistinguished, unexceptional person or thing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective lacking distinct or individual characteristics; dull and uninteresting
  • noun a person is not easily classified and not very interesting

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[non– + Latin dēscrīptus, past participle of dēscrībere, to describe; see describe.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From non- +‎ descript.

Examples

  • “I…” Sabrina edged a sideways glance at Dylan, who was scrutinizing her closely, his expression nondescript.

    Scent of Danger

  • 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.

    Chapter 14

  • Most targets were small groups of people in nondescript civilian vehicles that blend in with traffic, or inside unremarkable buildings.

    Matthew Yglesias » Time Machine

  • Most targets were small groups of people in nondescript civilian vehicles that blend in with traffic, or inside unremarkable buildings.

    Matthew Yglesias » Newsflashes

  • 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.

    Catlin has made a career out of busting juicers

  • 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 bus ride from hell that I learned to love Oaxaca

  • 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 bus ride from hell that I learned to love Oaxaca

  • 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.

    The Martha

  • 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.

    Illustration of the War in America

  • "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.

    Love Me Little, Love Me Long

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