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Aug 5, 2010
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Words for insults

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troglodyte
puerile
odoriferous
jejune
vainglorious
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jejune

PRONUNCIATION:
(ji-JOON)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Dull; insipid.
2. Lacking maturity; juvenile.
3. Lacking in nutrition.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin jejunus (empty, hungry, fasting, meager). A related word is jejunum, the middle part of the small intestine. It was so called because it was usually found empty after death.

USAGE:
"Some songs are inspired and done with a knowing sense of irony. Others are jaw-droppingly jejune."
John Doyle; Glee's Back; Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Apr 13, 2010.

See more usage examples of jejune in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success. -Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine, mystic (1782-1857)

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