nondescript

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Etymology[edit]

From non- +‎ descript.

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Adjective[edit]

nondescript (comparative more nondescript, superlative most nondescript)

  1. (biology, now rare) Not described (in the academic literature); undescribed, unidentified.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 6
      In thoroughfares nigh the docks, any considerable seaport will frequently offer to view the queerest looking nondescripts from foreign parts.
  2. Without distinguishing qualities or characteristics; unexceptional.
    He drove a nondescript silver sedan.
    • 2017 February 23, Katie Rife, “The Girl With All The Gifts tries to put a fresh spin on overripe zombie clichés”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      We open in a grimy, fluorescent-lit military base somewhere in rural England, where the girl from the poster, Melanie (Sennia Nanua), is the star student in a class full of children who are wheeled into school—or at least, the nondescript concrete room that serves as a school—with their arms, legs, and foreheads bound to their wheelchairs by leather straps.

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Noun[edit]

nondescript (plural nondescripts)

  1. An undistinguished, unexceptional person or thing.

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