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Definition boring, simplistic, or childish
The exact meaning of jejune depends upon its context. Each indicates that something desired is lacking. For example:
  • jejune ideas — lacking interest or significance
  • jejune response — lacking maturity or sophistication
  • jejune diet — lacking nutritional value
  • a jejune novel
  • jejune responses to our problems
  • the jejune diets of the very poor
  • Young Ned Rutledge is a perfect Bob o' Lincoln, a swallow, a sparrow, a peacock, excessively vain, excessively weak, and excessively variable and unsteady—jejune, inane, and puerile.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I am not sure that he would not have longed for the quarrelling again, if it had ceased for an entire week; and it is certain that an acquiescent, mild wife would have left his meditations comparatively jejune and barren of mystery.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • But it was during this brief exchange that she had a desperate flash of intuition, sensing that the interruption with its jejune domestic flavor could only blot out forever the magic moment into which the Commandant, like some soul-eaten Tristan, had had the infirmity to allow himself to be lured.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • ...else to do, Will would not at this time have been meditating on the needs of the English people or criticising English statesmanship: he would probably have been rambling in Italy sketching plans for several dramas, trying prose and finding it too jejune, trying verse and finding it too artificial, beginning to copy "bits" from old pictures, leaving off because they were "no good," and observing that, after all, self-culture was the principal point; while in politics he would have been...
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • When at length I returned to my rooms and found them exactly as I had left them that morning, I detected a jejune air that had not irked me before.
    Evelyn Waugh  --  Brideshead Revisited
  • To see an enemy humiliated gives a certain contentment, but this is jejune compared with the highly blent satisfaction of seeing him humiliated by your benevolent action or concession on his behalf.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Mors omnibus est communis would have been jejune, only she liked to know the Latin; but the fortunate gentleman whom every one congratulated because he had a son "endowed with such a disposition" afforded her a great deal of pleasant conjecture, and she was quite lost in the "thick grove penetrable by no star," when Tom called out,— "Now, then, Magsie, give us the Grammar!"
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The jejune jesuit!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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